Food and feasting, life and death, and significant animals in Neolithic Scotland - Dr Alison Sheridan

16 December 2020, 1.00 PM - 16 December 2020, 3.00 PM

Dr Alison Sheridan, University of Edinburgh

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Food and feasting, life and death, and significant animals in Neolithic Scotland

The lipid analysis of Scottish Neolithic pottery that has been done over the years at the University of Bristol has greatly enriched our understanding of the diet and foodways of these early farming communities in Scotland, and the latest developments – as shown in the work of Dr Simon Hammann, formerly of the University of Bristol – are taking lipid analysis to new levels.

In this seminar an attempt will be made to look at the full range of foodstuffs that were eaten (or avoided) during the Neolithic in Scotland; the health (or otherwise) of the people who ate that food; the role and importance of feasting; and the ways in which some animals were ‘good to think’, as opposed to (or in addition to) being good to eat.

CT image of Late Neolithic dog coprolite from Skara Brae, Orkney, c. 2900-2500 BC. CT image by Dr Elsa Panciroli, formerly of the University of Edinburgh.

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