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Identifying Foodways in Early Modern Ireland using a Multi-Isotope Approach: Preliminary Results of the 'FoodCult' Project

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The multiscale, interdisciplinary ‘FoodCult’ project aims to bring together history, archaeology, science and IT to explore the diet and foodways in Early Modern Ireland (c. AD 1550 —1650).​ As part of the project, multi-tissue, multi-isotope analysis (ẟ13C, ẟ15N, ẟ34S, ẟ18O, 87Sr/86Sr) is being applied to a variety of Early Modern individuals excavated from archaeological sites across Ireland, allowing for discussions regarding the social and cultural meaning of food in these different contexts. This presentation will discuss the preliminary results of these isotopic analyses, as well as progress on various other aspects of the project, including research into Irish household documents, archaeobotanical, zooarchaeological and artefactual evidence, organic residue analysis and experimental brewing of 16th century beer

This talk is part of the Pitt-Rivers Archaeological Science Seminar Series series.

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