Archaeology First Thursday Lecture, April 1, 2021

Archaeology First Thursday
Thursday, April 1, 2021
4-5 pm
Everyone invited to attend

with Tammy Buonasera, University of California-Davis

Investigating Ancient Cooking Practices in Northern Alaska: Molecular and Isotopic Analysis of Pottery Residues and Hearth Sediments

Animal fats used as food and as fuel preserve exceptionally well in many Alaskan sites, even where bone preservation is poor. Focusing on recent collaborative work with Shelby Anderson and others, Prof. Buonasera will discuss how the application of molecular and isotopic techniques to northern Alaskan residues is providing new insights into what types of resources people were cooking in pots and burning in hearths. 

Tammy Buonasera is an archaeologist who uses molecular and isotopic techniques to study archaeological residues related to past diets and foodways. She is particularly interested in ways that food processing, and individuals engaged in food preparation, helped to expand the breadth and quantity of available foodstuffs among prehistoric hunter-gatherers. 

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