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Diet in the Past – Food for Discussion

Thursday 31 March 2016 - Friday 1 April 2016
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Klein Auditorium

Globalization has changed diets across the world dramatically in recent decades.  Food is transported worldwide providing consumers with a huge diversity of products to choose from.  This has increased  interest in food. Hundreds of books written about food preparation illustrate this explosion in interest. In addition, food and health are closely connected – medical research has shown that diet and specific diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, are related. The question arises ‘when did these diet related diseases develop?’ Before this can be answered past human diets must be reconstructed, methods to do this must be developed, and an assessment of prehistorical and historical exploitation of different food recourses (plants, fish, mammals) leading to an understanding of the evolution of human diet during the past 2.6 million years must be made. This symposium will address what the latest views of modern nutrition scientists are on “palaeodiet” and what role culture plays. Scientists from different disciplines will present and discuss the latest insights at this symposium entitled “Diet in the Past – Food for Discussion”. 


Prof. dr. John D. Speth, Michigan (USA)
Prof. dr. Hanno Pijl, LUMC Leiden
Dr. Remko Kuipers, UMC Groningen
Dr. Amanda Henry, MPI Leipzig
Prof. dr. Vincenzo Fogliano

And 12 others. See programme for details!


Session 1:


Session 2:

 The Evolution of food

Session 3:

 Cultural and Anthropological Aspects

Session 4:

 Palaeo- & Future diet


The Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University and the Research school of Archaeology ARCHON.


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