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Durham University

Eating Through Time

Eating Through Time

Eating Through Time, event held in 2011

A public lecture and hands-on event. No registration required.

Short description:

A day of talks and ‘hands-on’ sessions, in association with the CBA Festival of British Archaeology, exploring how archaeologists learn about food in the past, and the effects of diet on the human body. 


This day of short talks and practical ‘hands-on’ session will give you the opportunity to:
  • Discover the many strands of evidence archaeologists use to reconstruct what past people ate and how their diets affected them.
  • Explore the ways in which we can use animal bones and plant remains to find out about the foods available, and how they were prepared.
  • Find out how people’s diets affected their teeth and bones, and what studying their remains can tell us about the foods they ate.
  • Learn how analysing the chemical composition of bone and teeth can tell us so much more about ancient diet than we previously thought possible.
Talks will be given by specialists from the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. During the practical sessions you will be able to see and handle archaeological remains, guided by researchers from the department. You will also have the chance to try for yourself some of the techniques and methods discussed in the talks.
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