This volume of papers is the result of the Annual Meetings of the Archaeological Institue of America conference, Washington 2003. The aim was to present the latest research in the field of palaeodietry studies in the Aegean. The theme od palaeodiet was chosen because it is arguably the most important field of study concerning the Aegean which complements archaeological fieldwork. Food and drink are just as essential for man's survival as shelter. What the ancient peoples in the Aegean ate is as important as the buildings they built or the artifacts they produced.~ The volume discusses how religion, social stucture and ethnicity effects diet. The book also demonstrates skeletal evidence for nutrition in Mesolithic and Neolithic Greece, looking at growth, oral health, bone composition and pathological changes in bone. The book challenges current methodology in recovering bio-archaeological material whilst offering practical methods for gathering palaeodietary data.
PREFACE ( William D.E. Coulson )|INTRODUCTION|1. A review of palaeodietary research in the Aegean ( S.J. Vaughan )|2. Observations on palaeodietary research in the Aegean ( K.D. Vitelli )|PAPERS|3. Palaeoethnobotany and palaeodiet in the Aegean region: notes on legume toxicity and related pathologies ( J.M. Hansen )|4. Using phytoliths to identify plant remains from archaeological sites: a phytolith analysis of modern olive oil and wine sediment ( E.L. Tyree )|5. Organic residue, petrographic and typological analyses of late Minoan lamps and conical cups from excavations at Mochlos in East Crete, Greece ( R.P. Evershed, S.J. Vaughan, S.N. Dudd, J.S. Soles )|6. The anthropology of food and drink consumption and the Aegean archaeology ( Y. Hamilakis )|7. Dark Age subsistence at the Kastro site, East Crete: exploring subsistence change and continuity during the Late Bronze Age - Early Iron Age transition ( L.M. Snyder and W.E.Klippel )|8. The influences of religion, social structure and ethnicity on diet: an example from Frankish Corinth ( J. Lev-Tov )|9. Skeletal evidence for nutrition in Mesolithic and Neolithic Greece: a vie from Franchthi Cave (D.C. Cook )|10. Skeletal and dental evidence for social status in Late Bronze Age Athens (S.K. Smith )|11. The study of palaeodiet in the Aegean: Food for thought ( A. Sarpaki )