ANT430H5S Special Problems in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (SCI)

Topic Title: Palaeodiet and Ancient Societies

The study of ancient human diet is not merely an understanding of what people ate in the past, rather it’s a process of understanding the interrelation between human diet and ecological, biological, social, and ideological processes. This course examines major theoretical and methodological advancements in the study of palaeodiet, as well as how palaeodietary evidence is used to reconstruct identity, inequality, health and diseases, religious and ritual practices, and dietary habits of ancient societies.

Prerequisite: 1.0 credits in 300 level anthropology courses and departmental approval