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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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The Archaeology of Human-Plant Interactions

(p.53) Chapter Two Archaeobotany
The Science of Roman History

Marijke van der Veen

Princeton University Press

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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