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date: 29 September 2023

The Archaeology of Feasts and Feasting in Africalocked

The Archaeology of Feasts and Feasting in Africalocked

  • Liza GijantoLiza GijantoDepartment of Anthropology, St. Mary's College of Maryland


Considered within the broader corpus of studies of food and foodways, feasting in African archaeological contexts has not been reported to the same degree as in other world areas. The reasons for this could be a genuine lack of feasting practices in African contexts as well as the focus on feasts as empowering events in more hierarchical societies. Where feasting has been identified, it is done with the aid of documentary or oral sources. Most of these studies are focused on locations and time periods of interoceanic trade in west and east Africa. Feasting has been identified in these contexts by utilizing multiple lines of material evidence, including ceramics, fauna, and items such as pipes related to leisure activities that would be part of a large celebration. In some, evidence is limited to location and fauna.


  • Archaeology

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