What Did Ancient Egyptians Really Eat?



What Did Ancient Egyptians Really Eat?

(ISNS) — Did the ancient Egyptians eat like us? If you’re a vegetarian, tucking in along the Nile thousands of years ago would have felt just like home.

In fact, eating lots of meat is a recent phenomenon. In ancient cultures vegetarianism was much more common, except in nomadic populations. Most sedentary populations ate fruit and vegetables.

Although previous sources found the ancient Egyptians to be pretty much vegetarians, until this new research it wasn’t possible to find out the relative amounts of the different foods they ate. Was their daily bread really daily? Did they binge on eggplants and garlic? Why didn’t someone spear a fish?

A French research team figured out that by looking at the carbon atoms in mummies that had lived in Egypt between 3500 B.C. and 600 A.D. you could find out what they ate.

All carbon atoms are…

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Stop Saying “Archaeology is actually boring”

Colleen Morgan

I understand the temptation. You want to show the mundane, you feel that there is too much Hollywood glamor attached to the profession. So you begin your article, or your Introduction to Archaeology course, or public lecture with some variation of the following:

I know you all think that archaeology is all whips and snakes, Indiana Jones, and Lara Croft, but it is actually a set of methods that can involve long, boring episodes in the lab, counting things, and general tedium.

STOP. Stop this now. Take it out of your lexicon. Not only is it one of the most lazy, overused introduction strategies, but it actively works against the profession and is terribly bad form in science education.

When archaeologists introduce their work with this cliché, they are attempting one of two things:

1) They are trying to tell their audience that their work is actually Very Important and…

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Sardis dig yields enigmatic trove: ritual egg in a pot



A ritual deposit, found intact beneath a first century Roman house in Sardis. The deposit, found inside two bowls, includes a number of small implements, a unique coin and an egg. The hole in the egg was made in antiquity.

Photos: Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/Harvard University
Topic: Ritual find and an egg

Sardis dig yields enigmatic trove: ritual egg in a pot

A ritual deposit, found intact beneath a first century Roman house in Sardis. The deposit, found inside two bowls, includes a number of small implements, a unique coin and an egg. The hole in the egg was made in antiquity.

By any measure, the ancient city of Sardis — home of the fabled King Croesus, a name synonymous with gold and vast wealth, and the city where coinage was invented — is an archaeological wonder.

The ruins of Sardis, in what is now Turkey, have been a rich…

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Historic Jersey Diner Available. Price: $0

According to Preservation New Jersey (www.preservationnj.org) a classic New Jersey diner on Route 1 in Lawrence Township (near Princeton) is available free to whoever will dismantle it and remove it from the site. The building is a relatively rare surviving example of a diner manufactured by the Mountain View Company of Singac (Little Falls) New Jersey which fabricated diners from 1939 to 1957. The site has been approved for redevelopment. An article regarding the redevelopment proposal is here: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2012/04/mrs_g_has_big_changes_in_store.html

From the article:
“… concerns have been raised about the future of the diner, a steel structure on white masonry that is surrounded by tall weeds and is a picture of neglect. In Lawrence it was known as Ben’s Diner in the 1970s and early ’80s. It was called the Cass Diner back in the ’60s, and before that it was the Calhoun Diner, a name it took from the street in Trenton where it was originally housed.

The diner would be removed or demolished during the construction. No definite plans have been set, according to a spokeswoman for Schaeffer. “Preservation is on the table,” said Hilary Morris. Schaeffer’s late grandmother, Beatrice Greenberg, the appliance store’s namesake, had always liked the diner and wanted to preserve it, Morris said.

“It’s something that’s important for her to preserve. We’re in discussions with the developer,” Morris said.”


Photo source: nj.com (http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2012/04/mrs_g_has_big_changes_in_store.html)

On Open Public Records and Public History

An interesting post here about one historian’s experience trying to get permission to take digital photos of public documents from the 1890s:

“My request to take flash-free digital photos was rebuffed despite my explanation that it would be better for the aging documents than forcing them flat against a copier’s glass platen and then closing the machine’s cover.”