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V Jornadas de Arqueología del IUHVV. More than fuel: food and ritual in domestic life - 13/12/2016, Barcelona (Spain)



Over the last few years, the study of foodways has become a relevant topic in archaeological debates. Conferences and specialized workshops dealing with diet, nutrients and consumption of liquid and solid foodstuffs, especially in public contexts and feasts, have resulted in publications that account for this interest.

The aim of the 5th Archaeology Conference of the IUHJVV is to analyse the relations between food, understood in its wider sense, that is, including the ingest of any liquid or solid element, and rituals that took place in houses or within the sphere of the household. The aim of the conference is to put together a variety of case studies from different contexts to highlight how food participated actively in household rituals. Among multiple analytical perspectives, we have selected three topics of interest.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 13/12/2016


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Mercè Rodoreda Auditorium, Edifici Mercè Rodoreda, Campus Ciutadella, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Ana Delgado ; Meritxell Ferrer ; Mireia López-Bertran

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Topic 1. Magic food: ritual practices
This panel explores food that was consumed to achieve altered states of consciousness. It is well known that rites entail sensory alterations not only through body movements, but also through the consumption of certain products with psychoactive effects. We are interested in contributions dealing with bioarchaeological data and contextual information such as the array of objects used to prepare and consume magical foodstuffs and the reasons behind their use (healing practices, conjurations, etc.).

Topic 2. Houses, food and ritual
This section considers the association between rituals, food and households. Foodstuff and its representation will be examined as active elements in ritual practices related to the lifecycle of houses, as well as to their inhabitants, in the pursuit of protection and reproduction.

Topic 3. Corporality and material culture
The bottom line is to discuss consumption as a performance involving the incorporation of foodstuffs, highlighting the bodily experience of eating and drinking. More specifically, we want to analyse relations between artefacts, foodstuff and people. Related approaches are the isomorphism between artefacts, human and animal bodies and the construction of relational identities through foodways.

09.15 h Opening Address by the Head of the Departament d’Humanitats, the Director of the IUHJVV
and the organizing committe

Topic 1. Magic food: ritual practice
09.30 h M. Erica Couto-Ferreira, Universität Heildeberg: Food for childbirth: The evidence from ancient Mesopotamia
10.00 h Elisa Guerra, Universidad de Valladolid: Alimentos para el espíritu: las sustancias psicoactivas en contextos domésticos de la prehistoria europea
10.30 h Guillem Pérez-Jordà i Leonor Peña-Chocarro, CSIC-Madrid: Semillas y frutos en contextos rituales
11.00 h Discussion
11.30 h Coffe Break

Topic 2. Houses, food and ritual
12.00 h Ignasi Grau, Universitat d’Alacant: Comidas y prácticas rituales en los espacios domésticos del mundo ibérico
12.30 h Ana Delgado, Universitat Pompeu Fabra: Comer en familia: alimentos, prácticas rituales e identidades familiares en ámbitos fenicios y púnicos
13.00 h Miriam Müller, Yale University: Dining with the ancestors: Household rituals at Tell el-Dab·a/Avaris
13.30 h Discussion
14.00 h Lunch Break

Topic 3. Corporalities and material culture
15.30 h Kristina Jennbert, University of Lund: Sheeps and humans. Some examples on food, corporeality and personhood in the Early Medieval, South Scandinavia
16.00 h Massimo Cultraro, CNR-Catania :Re-creating vessels biographies: contexts of food and contaiber consumption in Mycenean Greece
16.30 h Coffe Break
17.00 h Meritxell Ferrer i Mireia López Bertran, Universitat Pompeu Fabra i Universitat de València): People, pots and antlers: connections through rituals in western Sicily (10th-5th centuries BC)
17.30 h Discussion
18.00 h Clossing Address by Ana Delgado, Meritxell Ferrer y Mireia López-Bertran


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