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Cultural History of Food Plants

 

Was einkorn a cultural food of the Lombard people?

Was einkorn a cultural food of the Lombard people?

In central Italy evidence of an Early Medieval cultivation The Medieval castle of Miranduolo, near Siena, is a rural settlement with a long sequence of occupation between the 8th and the 11th centuries AD. Our team, analysing plant remains from floors, silos and storing surfaces, discovered that cereal production in Miranduolo was based on bread wheat (Triticum aestivum/durum) and einkorn (T....

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The Roman sailors’ food

The Roman sailors’ food

Dry fruits for the long sea crossings A detailed study of the macroscopic plant remains recovered on the palaeo-seafloors of Neapolis harbour, carried out by our team and spanning almost 700 years between the 2nd century BC and the 5th century AD, revealed important new insight about the diet habits of the sailors. Since the remains may have realistically been food left over from crew meals,...

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Chianti wine’s origins down a well

Chianti wine’s origins down a well

The discovery of Etruscan grape pips explores the history of viticulture in a region famous for its bold reds The recent discovery of grape pips in a well at Cetamura del Chianti, on the property of the Estate Badia a Coltibuono, promises to reveal new insights regarding the history of vineyard landscape in the Chianti area. A collaborative team of American and Italian scientists, under the...

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