From Muscle and Stone: Foodways, Ground stone tools and the Emergence of Agriculture in Southwest Asia

Presentation by Patrick Nørskov Pedersen, PhD fellow, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.

The event is part of Research Friday on Archeology and is held via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to attend. Duration: 45-60 min.


The emergence of agriculture in southwest Asia, during the Paleolithic-Neolithic transition c. 15,000-10,000 years ago, saw one of the most fundamental changes to diet and food acquisition in human history. Our research project attempts to reconstruct past and changing foodways: from acquisition and processing, to cooking and discard, to reconstruct differences in late Pleistocene-early Holocene diets in Southwest Asia. My research focuses the role played by ground stone tools in food processing; looking at the interplay between tool morphology, bodily movements, use and wear.

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