Posted on 17 December 2018
A recent special issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, edited by Archaeology staff at York Ekaterina Stansfield (Marie Curie research fellow), Laura Fitton (Senior Lecturer in Anatomy) and Penny Bickle (Lecturer in Archaeology), demonstrates some of the new techniques available for the identification of food preferences in the past. The issue also demonstrates budding integration and field cross-fertilisation of methods and approaches in the pursuit of clarification on the hominin and human diet.
Most of the included papers were presented at a PALAEOdiet meeting at the University of York on the 25th of March 2017, which was funded and supported by the European Commission. Papers provide a concise account of the techniques used for the analysis the diet at different stages of human evolution from African fossil hominins through to Medieval Greece.