ANT 347 Prehistory of Food

Department:  Anthropology
Faculty:  Elizabeth Klarich

Spring 2014 & Spring 2016

Through the Botanic Garden assignment, students added to their understanding of archaeological methods by learning to use observation of live plants as well as research on plants to study the archaeology of food.

Working in small groups, students completed a portfolio demonstrating archaeological knowledge related to economic crops such as avocado, banana, cacao, coffee, olive, pomegranate, rice, sugar cane, or tea.

After a tour and lecture, students drew or photographed their plant in the greenhouses. They researched and presented findings in written and oral form regarding the cultivation and harvesting of the plant, the physical remains that might be found in the archaeological record, the parts of the plant used, and how the plants were processed.

banana flower