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Monday September 9, 2019
New Evidence for Ancient Foods: Eating and Drinking in Classical Greece
– Dr. Chantel White
From savory banquets to humble daily fare, Greek literature provides a rich depiction of the social activities related to eating and drinking thousands of years ago. Beyond textual sources, only recently have archaeologists begun to identify ancient foods preserved at archaeological sites. Chantel White uses archaeobotany – the study of microscopic botanical material – to investigate the remnants of foods and beverages from the Classical world. Archaeological evidence often corroborates the writings of ancient authors, but it can provide even more details about specific ingredients and cooking techniques. Recent excavation at the 4th-century B.C. city of Stryme, a coastal trading port in northern Greece, has revealed an extraordinary amount of information about breads, stews, fruits, and wine consumed at the site. Chantel will present her discoveries from Stryme and discuss how food played an important role in the daily life of the city’s residents.
About the speaker: Chantel White is the archaeobotanist at the Penn Museum’s Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). Her research is centered on understanding the complex relationships between people and their surrounding plant worlds, focusing on reconstructions of food practices and local environments of the past. She began working in Jordan and Israel in 2004, where she maintains current archaeological projects each summer, and now works in Greece as well as closer to home in Philadelphia.