Plant food remains from prehistoric Greece: first insights from Archondiko

  • Chryssi Petridou LIRA Laboratory, Dept. of Archaeology Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki
Keywords: Northern Greece, Bronze Age, Archondiko, charred plant remains

Abstract

Archondiko is a tell settlement in central Macedonia with habitation dating to the Early and Late Bronze Age (Table 1). Archaeobotanical investigation of the site has yielded rich assemblages of charred plant remains. This paper presents results of the archaeobotanical analysis of the Late Bronze Age phase. About 80000 charred remains have been analyzed from two destruction layers. Crop species, cereals and pulses, are the most abundant finds. These crops were found stored, probably inside two houses. Cereal remains dominate the assemblages, indicating their significance in human diet. These finds, in combination with previous pilot studies on Early Bronze Age cereal plant food remains from Archondiko, form the basis for future research on culinary practices involving plant ingredients.

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Published
2019-07-09