Ancestral Appetites: Food in Prehistory by Kristen J. Gremillion

By Kristen J. Gremillion

This booklet explores the connection among prehistoric humans and their nutrition - what they ate, why they ate it, and the way researchers have pieced jointly the tale of earlier foodways from fabric strains. modern human meals traditions surround a possible limitless sort, yet all are basically thoughts for assembly uncomplicated dietary wishes built over thousands of years. people are designed via evolution to regulate our feeding habit and meals know-how to fulfill the calls for of a variety of environments via a mix of social and experiential studying. during this booklet, Kristen J. Gremillion demonstrates how those evolutionary methods have formed the diversification of human vitamin over a number of million years of prehistory. She attracts on facts extracted from the cloth continues to be that offer the single direct facts of ways humans procured, ready, awarded, and fed on nutrients in prehistoric occasions.

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1) and consists of several spears made from spruce wood. Their survival following some 400,000 years of burial is a happy accident of preservation by waterlogged condi¨ tions that prevented the growth of microorganisms. 5 If they were in fact used in this way, they offered significant advantages over stabbing, which requires the hunter to get very close to a large and often angry animal. ¨ The gap between Schoningen and the first archaeological indications of hafted weapons, such as stone-tipped spears, stretches nearly to the present day.

Comparative chart showing archaeological and geological periods and associated developments in food acquisition and food technology. Ancestral Appetites To understand the impact of severe and rapid climatic fluctuations on human societies, it might help to consider them in relation to the span of an individual’s lifetime. Without the permanancy of written records, the transmission of culture – how to hunt, harvest seeds and tubers, catch fish, as well as all the rest of the lore that helps people survive – depends on the capacity of human memory.

We are no longer anatomically well equipped for eating unprocessed food (although raw food enthusiasts insist that it is better for our health). We have come to rely on cooking, pounding, grinding, and other techniques to predigest our food, breaking it down into more digestible constituents before it reaches the mouth. Food preparation serves symbolic as well as biological functions, conveying messages about status, gender, wealth, and the supernatural. When the transition from raw to cooked food began is not known.

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