Material Evidence on Diet, Cooking and Techniques

Authored by: L.M. Banducci

The Routledge Handbook of Diet and Nutrition in the Roman World

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9780815364344
eBook ISBN: 9781351107334
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Archaeological artefacts are an important source of information for Roman diet and eating behaviours. When we consider a modern home and how many different objects we have for storing, transporting, mixing, cooking, and serving foods, it is no wonder that many of these domestic artefacts feature as the most commonly recovered items on archaeological sites. The tools for preparing and consuming food were produced, used, and discarded throughout Roman settlements. This massive amount of what is largely household waste provides indirect evidence for diet and nutrition. Archaeologists excavate cooking and dining vessels and other tools made of ceramic, metal, glass, and more rarely, bone and wood.

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