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By Beaudry, Mary Carolyn; Metheny, Karen Bescherer

What are the origins of agriculture? In what methods have technological advances with regards to nutrition affected human improvement? How have nutrients and foodways been used to create id, converse which means, and manage society? during this hugely readable, illustrated quantity, archaeologists and different students from around the globe discover those questions and more.

The Archaeology of nutrients offers greater than 250 entries spanning geographic and temporal contexts and contours contemporary discoveries along the result of many years of study. The individuals supply overviews of present wisdom and theoretical views, bring up key questions, and delve into myriad clinical, archaeological, and fabric analyses so as to add intensity to our figuring out of nutrition. The encyclopedia serves as a reference for students and scholars in archaeology, foodstuff experiences, and comparable disciplines, in addition to interesting analyzing for culinary historians, foodstuff writers, and nutrients and archaeology enthusiasts.

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Most of all, we thank our many contributors who responded with enthusiasm to our invitations and who have prepared their entries with such care. It has been a tremendous pleasure to work with so many of our colleagues. The connections we have forged with these scholars serve to emphasize the global relevance of food-related studies as well as the interdisciplinary nature of such research. We are excited to be able to offer these two volumes as a testament to our mutual interest in and curiosity about the archaeology of food.

Cultivation techniques of date palm orchards are also described in cuneiform tablets from the ancient Babylonian sites of Umma and Nippur ca. 2400 BC. The Maya cultivated orchards with different varieties of fruit trees, including mamey, avocado, guava, and cacao. To the Maya, these orchards were sacred places where their ancestors dwelled. Carvings on the sides of the sarcophagus of Pakal, the ninth-century AD ruler of Palenque, depict his ancestors rising out of the ground in the form of different fruit trees.

Diet—History—Encyclopedias. 4. Excavations (Archaeology)—Encyclopedias. 5. Social archaeology—Encyclopedias. I. Metheny, Karen Bescherer, 1960– II. 48-1992. Printed in the United States of America In memory of our colleagues Klaus Schmidt1953–2014 Sharon Zuckerman1965–2014 Contents Contents Abbreviations Introduction A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z About the Editor and Contributors Abbreviations aDNA ancient DNA AMS accelerator mass spectrometry radiocarbon dating BSR Broad Spectrum Revolution 14C Carbon-14 or radiocarbon cDNA complementary DNA cf.

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