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The Science of Roman HistoryBiology, Climate, and the Future of the Past$
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Walter Scheidel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691195988

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691195988.001.0001

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Archaeobotany

Archaeobotany

The Archaeology of Human-Plant Interactions

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(p.53) Chapter Two Archaeobotany
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The Science of Roman History
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Marijke van der Veen

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691195988.003.0003

This chapter aims to highlight what can be achieved through archaeobotany by focusing on one aspect: food. It is divided into five main sections, each concentrating on one of the five phases of food: food production, the realm of the farm and the landscape; food distribution and trade, the realm of the granary, the market, and long-distance transport; food preparation, the realm of the kitchen; food consumption, the realm of the meal and, in many instances also, the realm of the table; and finally food disposal, the realm of the dustbin or refuse deposit and, par excellence, the realm of archaeology. Other human–plant interactions are mentioned in passing. The chapter concludes with a brief reflection on how these interactions helped create many different modes of being. It considers how daily life in antiquity varied across time and space.

Keywords:   food production, archaeobotany, human–plant interactions, daily life, food trade, food transport, farm, food disposal

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