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Rachel Small, ‘Putting the humor back into early modern food studies’
28 March @ 1:05 pm - 2:00 pm
Univeristy of Leicester PhD student Rachel Small talks to the title: ‘Putting the humor back into early modern food studies’
Archaeological studies of food have generally taken an isolationist approach: they have tended to consider animal and plant remains separately and have largely failed to integrate written sources. Furthermore, interpretations have tended to focus on economics or on identifying aspects of identity (most commonly social status). A major omission has been that evidence has seldom been interpreted within the ontological frameworks of elemental and humoral theory, which were dominant in the west circa 500 BC to AD 1850. My research attempts to address these problems through an interdisciplinary case study – the diet of the Grey family who lived at Bradgate House, Leicestershire (circa AD 1500 to 1750). By studying animal and plant remains from the excavations, the contemporary household account book, and regimen, recipe and husbandry books, I aim to answer the question ‘to what extent did humoral theory influence diet in the early modern period?’ In this presentation I shall discuss preliminary findings.
This session is organised by the Early Modern Discussion Group. All welcome!