Title: Prehistoric cereal foods from Greece and Bulgaria: investigation of starch microstructure in experimental and archaeological charred remains
Authors: Valamoti, Soultana-Maria ×
Samuel, Delwen
Bayram, Mustafa
Marinova, Elena #
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2008
Publisher: Springer-International
Series Title: Vegetation history and archaeobotany vol:17 pages:S265-S276
Conference: 14th Symposium of the International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany edition:14 location:Krakow date:17-23 Juni 2007
Abstract: Abstract In order to investigate ancient cereal cooking
practices, the microstructure of preserved starch in charred
ground cereal remains recovered from prehistoric sites in
Greece and Bulgaria has been analysed. A comparative
modern set of cooked and subsequently charred cereals was
produced. By scanning electron microscopy it is demonstrated
that, under some conditions, distinctive cooked
starch structure survives the charring process. Charring
alone can occasionally produce morphological changes
which typically occur during cooking. Despite this caveat,
starch microstructure features which are indicative of
heating in liquid, and which are visible in the experimental
material, have been detected in the ancient charred cereal
food remains. Although much more experimental investigation
is required, it has been established that evidence for past food preparation survives in ancient charred starch
ISSN: 0939-6314
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Biology - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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