Consuming Landscapes

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)

Landscape and foodways studies in archaeology and beyond have increasingly touched on social questions, but the former have mostly expanded our understanding of the management of past environments, while the latter have focused on discourses of social identity. This session aims to combine these two, often separate, perspectives in order to investigate how foodways and landscape are, and were, entangled. 'Consuming Landscapes' refers to the multiple ways in which historical trajectories of food, especially their relationship with particular geographies are used, called upon and restructured in a social discourse. We welcome contributions across disciplines that investigate how people perceive and engage with their landscapes in different periods and places as revealed by the production, movement, consumption and/or disposal of food. Such a framework can be particularly productive in the examination of the ways social networks and power relationships are created, transformed, and altered along with territorial appropriation, expansion and conquest, and in highlighting ideologies related to such geographical movements. We hope to bring together contributions from a wide range of specialists to expose and encourage a continuing interdisciplinary dialogue to foster the emergence of a more integrated practice in the study of food, and social and cultural landscapes.

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  • Applying Adaptive Cycles to the Life History of Ancient Maya Agricultural Systems (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Scott Macrae. Gyles Iannone.

    Archaeologists often struggled with understanding the life-cycles of relic agricultural field systems. By incorporating the multi-variable approach of the adaptive cycle, complex relationship dynamics can be identified and applied to understanding the historical sequences of specific cases studies. Demonstrating this is the intensive terrace systems and settlement within the Contreras Valley and the associated ancient Maya center of Minanha, Belize. The variables identified include the...

  • Colonialism, nationalism and the appropriation of new landscapes: Consuming Old and New Worlds in historical Quebec City (Canada) (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Julie-Anne Bouchard-Perron.

    Since the Age of Discovery, Quebec City and its broader area have seen their lot of colonists and travellers, some of which chose to establish themselves in the region. Their relationship with this, initially new, landscape was transformed through time, following wider political events and social convictions. The nature of their attitudes and perceptions to the territory impacted their foodways by calling upon particular social networks. In doing so they reflected colonialist and nationalist...

  • Consuming the French New World (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Elizabeth Scott.

    All of France’s New World colonies were based on relationships with particular geographies, from eastern New France, to the western Great Lakes, to the Illinois Country, to Lower Louisiana and the Caribbean, according to the particular products and resources wanted by the Crown, which may be thought of as the ultimate "consumer" of French colonial landscapes. Colonists and French descendant communities engaged with these different landscapes for both commercial and family subsistence purposes....

  • Food and Identity In the Urban Landscape (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Taylor Zaneri.

    Landscapes and foodways are intrinsically connected. Food practices act as a frame of reference to impose social, historical, and cultural meanings on places and vice-versa; their materiality provides a sense of stability in shifting demographic settings. Culinary activities can help structure the experience of place and through repetition become involved in the creation and transmission of collective memory. However, memory is far from stagnant, it continues to be challenged and reworked in...

  • Food from the Hinterlands: Integrated Faunal and Archaeobotanical Studies at a Classical Emporion, Thrace (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Chantel White. Demetri Brellas. Nathan Arrington.

    The movement of goods, information, and people across the Classical world has been a subject of intense archaeological investigation for over a century. Established trading outposts, known as Greek emporia, contained a multitude of cultural elements from indigenous communities, Classical Greece, the eastern Aegean, and beyond. The ongoing excavation of a coastal site in northern Greece as part of the Molyvoti Thrace Archaeological Project has revealed a Classical Greek settlement dating to the...

  • A Geography of Foodways in the Salish Sea, Pacific Northwest Coast (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Paul Ewonus.

    This paper examines past foodways within the southern Strait of Georgia, Pacific Northwest Coast at a number of geographic scales. It also addresses the extent and nature of temporal shifts in the social landscape of the region. Seasonal use of the landscape is revealed through an understanding of place in the Salish Sea. Zooarchaeological analysis of a regional sample of thirty sites suggests that while extensive variation was characteristic of southern Strait of Georgia settlement from 3200 BC...

  • Heading north: landscape use and food technology at the initial stage of farming expansion in the Balkans (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Maria Ivanova-Bieg. Elena Marinova.

    During the spread of farming from the Near East to Europe, farmers and their domestic plants and animals gradually penetrated into new environments. Reaching the northern periphery of the Balkans (present day Serbia, northern Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary), early farmers encountered for the first time an ecological zone that significantly differed from the natural habitats of their domesticates. The continental environmental conditions, i.e. frosty winters with snow cover, stronger expressed...

  • Icelandic Livestock Improvement and an Emerging National Identity: Biometrical and Genetic Markers of a New Landscape (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kevin Gibbons. George Hambrecht.

    Early in the settlement of Iceland, social perceptions were imported along with herds of livestock primarily from Norway. Cultural identity and agricultural traditions can influence and react upon each other. Iceland provides a unique location to explore these intersections as an island intellectually connected to Europe but isolated from significant trade routes. An exploration of Iceland’s rich literary tradition suggests that the Icelandic social landscape coalesced and matured from the early...

  • Opulent harvest in a kingdom of stones: landscape and livelihood in a marginal upland zone (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only T. Thurston. Aadel Franzén.

    Relationships between subjecthood and rulership in northern European societies changed significantly between the late prehistoric and early modern eras, as long-extant nations were absorbed by emergent states. Using a landscape approach to food production and livelihood affordances, we study changing conditions and production strategies of forest agropastoralists in a marginal Swedish upland, through episodes of climate change and turbulent interaction with governing powers. Perspectives on...

  • Pigs and Power Centres in Late Neolithic Britain (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Richard Madgwick. Angela Lamb. Jane Evans.

    This paper explores the interplay between food provision, landscape and power centres in late Neolithic Britain. This period is characterised by iconic megalithic ceremonial complexes, the most famous of which is Stonehenge. These centres represent a new scale of labour mobilisation, not previously seen in Britain. Evidence for feasting, invariably focussing on pork, is rife is in the environs of these monuments, yet settlement evidence is generally sparse. It is likely that these feasting...

  • A social topography of fishing: Exploring the spatial variability of fish consumption practices at Songo Mnara (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Erendira Quintana Morales.

    In the Swahili towns of the East African coast, fish have contributed a major source of protein consumed by coastal inhabitants, but the role of fish consumption in the construction of social meaning is rarely discussed. This paper addresses this gap by exploring spatial differences in fish consumption strategies around Songo Mnara, a 15th -16th century Swahili town in the Kilwa Archipelago, and links them to social patterns visible in the organization of the town. The spatial distribution of...