Pre-Columbian Foodways: Interdisciplinary Approaches to by John Staller, Michael Carrasco

By John Staller, Michael Carrasco

The importance of foodstuff and feasting to Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures has been generally studied through archaeologists, anthropologists and artwork historians. Foodways reports were severe to our knowing of early agriculture, political economies, and the domestication and administration of crops and animals. students from varied fields have explored the symbolic complexity of meals and its education, in addition to the social significance of feasting in modern and historic societies. This publication unites those disciplinary views ― from the social and organic sciences to paintings historical past and epigraphy ― making a paintings complete in scope, which finds our expanding realizing of many of the roles of meals and cuisines in Mesoamerican cultures.

The quantity is prepared thematically into 3 sections. half 1 supplies an outline of foodstuff and feasting practices in addition to historic economies in Mesoamerica. half 2 information ethnographic, epigraphic and isotopic facts of those practices. eventually, half three offers the metaphoric price of nutrients in Mesoamerican symbolism, ritual, and mythology. The ensuing quantity offers a radical, interdisciplinary source for knowing, meals, feasting, and cultural practices in Mesoamerica.

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What are generally called winter squashes were probably famine foods in the Neotropics, since they usually ripen around the middle of the dry season. E. Staller ocean currents as well as overland by humans across the Bering Land Bridge, or crossed oceans to different regions of the Americas (Lathrap 1970). Recent accelerator mass spectrometer (AMS) dating of archaeological specimens indicate that domesticated bottle gourds date to 8000 BP in the Americas, making them among the earliest domesticates15 (Erickson et al.

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32-1B). These detailed woodcarvings and illustrations also emphasize the importance of gender in the construction of social space and community space in the preparation of certain foods such as the tamal or waah (tamales and tortillas respectively).  10). ) as a food source and many observed that Mesoamerican societies lived mainly on maize, beans, squash, tomatoes, and chile peppers. E.  10 Maize kernels were usually ground into flour with stone mano and metate as depicted to the left in the background of this figure.

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