METHODS

Food is a realm on the intersection of nature and culture that can be adequately addressed only by collaborative research of life and social scientists. To test its hypotheses the project will combine archaeological studies of artefacts and their contexts with bioarchaeological and biogeochemical approaches.

The conventional methods of osteological and macrobotanical analysis do not provide the detail and precision that are necessary to answer the main research question. We will employ methods of biogeochemical and microbotanical analysis to augment existing bioarchaeological data on Neolithic diet and food technology. The research team includes experts in the following areas: prehistoric archaeology, organic residue analysis, stable isotope research, plant microfossil research, zooarchaeology and archaeobotany.

Our long-term goal is to elucidate the relationship between palaeodiet, food technology and the farming expansion in Southeastern Europe.