Celeste Gagnon, (Professor, Wagner College) 18 Mar 2018



Past and present Andean feasts regularly involve the consumption of chicha de maíz (corn beer). Archaeologically, the presence and distribution of brewing and drinking vessels, iconographic representations and paleoethnobotanical remains have been used to identify the preparation and consumption of chicha at the site level. However, these data cannot tell us if everyone imbibed. Given the social and political importance of chicha, gender, age or status differences in consumption were likely important in the construction of networks and the practice of power. In this talk I will explore a range of bioarchaeological methods for identifying those who drink. 

 

Location Information

Location: 3106 WWPH, Anthropology Lounge