Cooking with archaeologists: Food, fieldwork, and stories.
To the reader:
The purpose of this blog and podcast is to share the stories and food recipes of the people who uncover our shared past-the field archaeologist. The field archaeologists is a unique individual. Their work is to excavate, recover, and survey our human past. In some sense, they are modern-day nomads following the seasonal cycle of available work across the globe. Like all nomads, they have few personal possessions and only live at one location for a short period of time. This non-traditional life is challenging in terms of having a “normal life” but with it comes unique experiences that few people get to enjoy. For the field archaeologist, one of the most important experiences of their day is the shared evening meal.
The evening meal is probably the most important part of the day. This is when everyone comes together and shares food. Like traditional family meals, this is when the day is discussed, stories are shared, and the food is enjoyed.
Food is culture. It defines who we are and it is one of the cultural artifacts that brings people together. For the field archaeologist, there are memories involved in the making and eating food that we the editors of this blog believe that are important to share with the world. What better way to learn and experience archaeology then from the women and men doing the hard work- the field archaeologist!
To the field archaeologist:
If you would like to share your story and recipe to the world please contact us and we will add your piece to the blog.
What are we looking for? We want your story in your own words! Each author will provide a recipe for a dish they prepared while in the field. We want to know where you were when you made the meal, what kind of archaeological work you were doing, and any interesting story about your dish or fieldwork is greatly encouraged! Send paper as either a *.doc or *.odt file. Please include pictures. Each author can submit 3 photos (*.jpeg) of the meal, the fieldwork, and location. If you don’t have a photo of the meal-no worries!
What is our main goal? We want people outside of archaeology to learn more about who were are and what we do. We have all had somewhat similar experiences with the “outside” world which are many people do not know what our work is. This blog provides a platform for that purpose with the addition of demonstrating the culinary skills of many archaeologists!
As editors of this blog, we would like to include all submissions to this blog. If changes are needed to a submitted piece we will contact the author(s) and ask for the appropriate changes to be made.
Thanks for stopping by! Cris and Colin