Exploring society and culture through food
Daily diet and the exchange of food and drink can explain much about a region’s social and cultural identity. Focussing on Ireland c. 1550-1650, the EU-funded FOODCULT project explores the significance of food during a period of unprecedented change driven by globalisation, war, and colonisation. The project examines how food was used to represent identities, including gender, religion, and ethnicity. It considers what diverse people actually ate and drank, thereby exploring the link between representation and reality. This is achieved through a dynamic interdisciplinary approach that merges micro-historical analytical techniques with science and experimental archaeology. The approach will open new themes in Irish historiography, while developing a ground-breaking model for exploring food cultures and consumption in other regions and periods.
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