By Robert I. Curtis
Applying a wide selection of resources, this booklet discusses thoughts in foodstuff processing and maintenance from the Palaeolithic interval in the course of the overdue Roman Empire. throughout the a while, there was the necessity to gather and continue a constant nutrients offer resulting in the discovery of instruments and new applied sciences to approach convinced plant and animal meals into diversified and extra usable kinds. This guide offers the result of the latest investigations, identifies controversies, and issues to parts desiring extra paintings. it's the first ebook to concentration particularly on old nutrition know-how, and to debate the fundamental position it performed within the political, monetary, and social cloth of old society. totally documented and lavishly illustrated with a number of photos and drawings, it's going to attract scholars and students of either the humanities and the sciences.
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Aiello, " T h e Fossil E v i d e n c e f o r M o d e r n H u m a n O r i g i n s in Africa: A Revised V i e w , " AmerAnthr 9 5 (1993): 73 96. 38 Cf. Klein, " M o d e r n H u m a n O r i g i n s , " p p . 179 91; Leakey, Origin of Humankind, p p . 8 3 99; M i l f o r d H . WolpofT, A l a n G . T h o r n e , F r e d H . S m i t h , D a v i d W . Frayer, a n d G e o f f r e y Ci. Pope, " M u l t i r e g i o n a l Evolution: A W o r l d - w i d e S o u r c e for M o d e r n H u m a n P o p u l a t i o n s , " in Origins of Anatomically Modern Humans.
Pp. כ THF, ! ( ) W E R AND MIDDLE PALEOLITHIC PERIODS W e a r patterns on stone tools or cut marks on bone, therefore, can provide only part of the picture of early hominid diet. Also helpful in determining the types of foods consumed by the earliest hominids is the study of tooth size and dental wear patterns. 4 2 Studies on dental wear and tooth size of early pre-hominid and australopithecine inhabitants of eastern and southern Africa in comparison with modern primates, for example, provide general knowledge of the diet of early m a n , and may indicate differences a m o n g the species.
Sometimes particlcs of the material adhere to the tool and can be seen under magnification. So, for instance, flint tools at Koobi Fora, in Kenya, showed polish consistent with cutting meat, plants, and wood. Not every instance, however, would have been related to food, since not all plants would have been eaten. Additionally, study of tool marks on bone has, for limited types of stone, provided additional help in determining the actual use of some stone tools. Bones at Olduvai Gorge and at Koobi Fora, for example, show clear evidence of having been cut or scraped while fresh.
Ancient Food Technology (Technology and Change in History Series) by Robert I. Curtis