Slippery Oysters & a Cold Beer: Incorporating Food into Archaeology Education

Author(s): Michael Thomin; Sarah Nohe

Year: 2015


Through outreach and education, The Florida Public Archaeology Network, promotes the public appreciation and value of Florida's archaeological heritage. Food has regularly been used as a fun learning device in classroom settings: from teaching excavation techniques using a chocolate chip cookie to finding core samples in a PB&J. Public events held in cafés or over a pizza seem to break down social barriers and garner greater community cohesion. Recently, we have taken this one step further by having dining events that incorporate the tasting of historically-authentic food as a way to enhance the public understanding of Florida’s archaeological heritage. This paper examines the effectiveness of using food to facilitate public archaeology, looking specifically at how food is used to bring archaeology to the classroom, provide a social and more relaxed atmosphere, and incorporate taste in the learning process.

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Slippery Oysters & a Cold Beer: Incorporating Food into Archaeology Education. Sarah Nohe, Michael Thomin. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398150)

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