College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

Anthropology 311: New Course Studying Ancient Foods

Interested in eating? Sign up for Anthropology 311. The instructor will be Visiting Assistant Professor Carolyn Freiwald.  In this new course, students will learn about plants and animals in the Ancient World: Drinking, Dining, and Divining.

Anthropologists reconstruct diet using historic texts and art, artifacts, plant and animal remains, osteology, and bone chemistry. This course surveys variability in ancient culinary practices ranging from Roman vomitoriums, to a reliance on staples like tortillas and bread, to use of plants like tobacco in shamanic rituals. We also examine the intersection between culture and the environment, focusing on how locally available resources are differentially selected as favorite foods or avoided as taboos.

For more information, please contact the Sociology and Anthropology Department at 915-7421.