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Feeding Stonehenge: cuisine and consumption at the Late Neolithic site of Durrington Walls

Feeding Stonehenge: cuisine and consumption at the Late Neolithic site of Durrington Walls
Feeding Stonehenge: cuisine and consumption at the Late Neolithic site of Durrington Walls
The discovery of Neolithic houses at Durrington Walls that are contemporary with the main construction phase of Stonehenge raised questions as to their interrelationship. Was Durrington Walls the residence of the builders of Stonehenge? Were the activities there more significant than simply domestic subsistence? Using lipid residue analysis, this paper identifies the preferential use of certain pottery types for the preparation of particular food groups and differential consumption of dairy and meat products between monumental and domestic areas of the site. Supported by the analysis of faunal remains, the results suggest seasonal feasting and perhaps organised culinary unification of a diverse community.
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Craig, Oliver E., Shillito, Lisa-Marie, Albarella, Umberto, Viner-Daniels, Sarah, Chan, Benjamin, Cleal, Rosamund, Ixer, Rob, Jay, Mandy, Marshall, Pete, Simmons, Ellen, Wright, Elizabeth and Parker Pearson, Mike (2015) Feeding Stonehenge: cuisine and consumption at the Late Neolithic site of Durrington Walls. Antiquity, 89 (347), 1096-1109. (doi:10.15184/aqy.2015.110).

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The discovery of Neolithic houses at Durrington Walls that are contemporary with the main construction phase of Stonehenge raised questions as to their interrelationship. Was Durrington Walls the residence of the builders of Stonehenge? Were the activities there more significant than simply domestic subsistence? Using lipid residue analysis, this paper identifies the preferential use of certain pottery types for the preparation of particular food groups and differential consumption of dairy and meat products between monumental and domestic areas of the site. Supported by the analysis of faunal remains, the results suggest seasonal feasting and perhaps organised culinary unification of a diverse community.

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Published date: 9 October 2015

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Local EPrints ID: 428903
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428903
ISSN: 0003-598X
PURE UUID: 1d953756-b962-4ad1-bb57-bd208a2a731c

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Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 19:29

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Author: Oliver E. Craig
Author: Lisa-Marie Shillito
Author: Umberto Albarella
Author: Sarah Viner-Daniels
Author: Benjamin Chan
Author: Rosamund Cleal
Author: Rob Ixer
Author: Mandy Jay
Author: Pete Marshall
Author: Ellen Simmons
Author: Elizabeth Wright
Author: Mike Parker Pearson

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