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Identifying the food cultures of ancient Europe: an interdisciplinary investigation of plant ingredients, culinary transformation and evolution through time

Obiettivo

The project seeks to explore culinary practice among early farming European communities, from the Aegean to Central Europe, spanning the Neolithic through to the Iron Age (7th-1st millennia BC). The project seeks to identify the ‘food cultures’ of prehistoric Europe, and to reconstruct how cultivated and wild plant foods were transformed into dishes exploring their underlying cultural and environmental contexts and their evolution through time. The project will explore how culinary identities were shaped through the selection of plant foods both in terms of ingredients as well as processing and cooking practices. Thus not only species and meals but also the equipment involved in plant food preparation will be considered for the study area, linking the end product to the relevant technologies of transformation. Macroscopic and microscopic examination of the archaeological finds and experimental replication of various aspects of food preparation techniques informed by ethnographic investigations will form the main analytical tools. The interdisciplinary and contextual examination of the archaeological record will provide a fresh insight into prehistoric cuisine in Europe, the transformation of nature to culture through cooking. The project will revolutionise perceptions of prehistoric food preparation providing insights for the ‘longue durée’ of traditional plant foods constituting Europe’s intangible cultural heritage.

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ERC-2015-CoG
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Meccanismo di finanziamento

ERC-COG - Consolidator Grant

Istituzione ospitante

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Indirizzo
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Greece
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contributo UE
€ 1 673 675

Beneficiari (5)

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
Contributo UE
€ 1 673 675
Indirizzo
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT BASEL
Svizzera
Contributo UE
€ 71 250
Indirizzo
Petersplatz 1
4051 Basel
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germania
Contributo UE
€ 89 950
Indirizzo
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Partecipazione conclusa

Austria
Contributo UE
€ 0
Indirizzo
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN
Austria
Contributo UE
€ 57 000
Indirizzo
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-platz 2
1010 Wien
Tipo di attività
Research Organisations