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Archaeologist Diederik Pomstra subjects himself to wild food experiment

What did our distant ancestors eat and how did they prepare their food? For the length of a month, experimental archaeologist Diederik Pomstra subjects himself to a rigorous palaeodiet. He is vlogging about his experiences to reach a non-academic audience.

Dietary choices

The experiment is part of Amanda Henry's HARVEST project, which is exploring the dietary choices that our hominin ancestors and relatives made, by recovering information on what they consumed, and how factors like environmental variation, intrinsic biology, and development of food processing technologies could have influenced their decisions.

The Wild Food Experiment (part 1): introduction

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 2): acorns

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 3): the store

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 4): the deer

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 5): flint tools

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 6): backstrap

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 7): results

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 8): preparing meat

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 9): time for a bite

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 10): walnut oil

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 11): strange looking oil

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 12): wild onions

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 13): diet update

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 14): halfway

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 15): water lily seeds

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 16): baking meat

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 17): grinding seeds

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 18): roots

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 19): cracking hazelnuts

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 20): broiling ribs

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 21): a new taste

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 22): the tools

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The Wild Food Experiment (part 23): a little trick

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More videos coming soon! Follow the Faculty of Archaeology's YouTube channel to stay up to date.

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