Food for Thought: Mental Preparations for Feasting

I don't know about you, but I'm gearing up for Thanksgiving feasting. I'm still on a mission to find the best stuffing/dressing recipe (if you have recommendations, please share!), and I've been dreaming of pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, these culinary ruminations have been interrupted by job applications and drafts of articles owed to my co-authors, so … Continue reading Food for Thought: Mental Preparations for Feasting

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Pottery Junction: What’s Your Function? (Part Deux)

If you thought I was finished proselytizing about studying pottery function, boy were you wrong. There is still much to learn, my friends. So, as I concluded last week, we know that it looks like most pottery vessels in the Upper Great Lakes appear to have been made to function as cooking pots, but how … Continue reading Pottery Junction: What’s Your Function? (Part Deux)

A Nutty Blog with A-Corny Title: Acorns and the Human Diet

As the chilly autumnal breezes cause leaves and other flora to “fall,” my attention is brought to those little oaky morsels beloved by squirrels and interior decorators alike: acorns. This past weekend I had a table at Michigan Archaeology Day at the Michigan History Center. My display was called “Ancient Michigan Meals” and I displayed … Continue reading A Nutty Blog with A-Corny Title: Acorns and the Human Diet

Pumpkins and Rice and Everything Nice! Seasonality at the Cloudman Site

October is here, and ‘tis the season for those warm, comforting autumn foods: soup, stew, chili, and various hot drinks. Ingredients such as winter squash, pumpkins (and related spices), and root vegetables are closely associated with fall, but why? The answer is simple, and one you probably figured out on your own, even if you’ve … Continue reading Pumpkins and Rice and Everything Nice! Seasonality at the Cloudman Site

Cuisine, Cooking Technology, and Climate in the Upper Great Lakes: A Dissertation

Good news everyone: My dissertation was just submitted and accepted for final approval! This means it just needs to get signed off by the university, so in a few weeks I will be an official Ph.D. Part of the reason I started this blog was to communicate the results of my dissertation research to the … Continue reading Cuisine, Cooking Technology, and Climate in the Upper Great Lakes: A Dissertation

Style and Function: A Brief Introduction to Pottery Analysis

Now that you have learned all about the importance of foodways, it is now my goal to make you as crazy about pottery as I am. If you’ve ever been to a museum with archaeological collections, you’ve likely seen displays of elaborately decorated ceramic vessels of varying shapes and forms. Archaeologists have unsurprisingly long been … Continue reading Style and Function: A Brief Introduction to Pottery Analysis