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Food from the Hinterlands: Integrated Faunal and Archaeobotanical Studies at a Classical Emporion, Thrace

Author(s): Demetri Brellas ; Chantel White ; Nathan Arrington

Year: 2015

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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 4th century B.C. While this community may have supplied grain and possibly animals to the powerful island of Thasos, we concentrate here on identifying the seasonal foodways of local residents to better understand daily life at the site. Combined faunal and botanical evidence reveals a diverse seasonal diet which included resources from the Rhodope mountains, Thracian plain, freshwater marshlands, and coastal sea. These results indicate that the routine activities of processing, cooking, and storing food were remarkably complex and that patterns of resource acquisition during the Classical period were substantially different from later Roman occupations of the site.

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Food from the Hinterlands: Integrated Faunal and Archaeobotanical Studies at a Classical Emporion, Thrace. Chantel White, Demetri Brellas, Nathan Arrington. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395085)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America