Anthropology | Food in the Ancient World
P600 | 12324 | Atalay

Food pervades all aspects of people’s lives, from the most basic tasks
of cooking and eating to the intricate social meanings and political
roles that we give to food in different social settings.  Food is a
requirement for life, yet it is always transformed by social meanings
in specific cultural contexts.  In this course, we will focus on the
social contexts of food practices and the cultural meanings involved
in the foodways of ancient societies from a global anthropological
perspective.  Together, we will explore the ways that people grow,
collect, cook, and eat food, we will learn about the theoretical and
methodological tools that archaeologists use to study food and
foodways and we will examine how foodways give us a window into the
economic, symbolic, historic, and political lives of ancient peoples.

We will meet once a week in a seminar format.  Students will read
articles and book chapters to discuss in class, keep an online food
journal with weekly entries, write a research paper on a topic of
their own choice, and give a class presentation.  Students enrolled in
P399 and P600 will meet together and each class session will be
co-moderated by Prof. Sonya Atalay and Prof. Stacie King.