Cooking with Archaeologists: Food, fieldwork, and stories.
About This Show
The purpose of this podcast is to share the stories and food recipes of the people who uncover our shared past-the field archaeologist. The field archaeologists is a unique individual. Their work is to excavate, recover, and survey our human past. In some sense they are modern-day nomads following the seasonal cycle of available work across the globe. Like all nomads they have few personal possessions and only live at one location for a short period of time. This non-traditional life is challenging in terms of having a “normal life” but with it comes unique experiences that few people get to enjoy. For the field archaeologist one of the most important experiences of their day is the shared evening meal.
The evening meal is probably the most important part of the day. This is when everyone comes together and shares food. Like traditional family meals this is when the day is discussed, stories are shared, and food is enjoyed.
Food is culture. It defines who we are and it is one of the cultural artifacts that brings people together. For the field archaeologist there are memories involved in the making and eating food that we the editors of this blog believe that are important to share with the world. What better way to learn and experience archaeology then from the women and men doing the hard work- the field archaeologist!
Most Recent Episode
Chocolate chip cookies, pulled pork chicken, and prehistoric New England
Gail Golec is a fascinating and multi-faceted archaeologist based in New Hampshire which is part of New England in the United States. She was kind enough to take a break from writing to join us on the air and tell us her story. Which all began in forensic anthropology class where as an undergraduate she helped local police with their investigations. Very cool! When Gail is not working at a local cultural resource management (CRM) firm she is working on her own projects. She has several ongoing projects at the moment. We talk about her work with several Paleoindian sites from the Connecticut River Valley. This has been a continuous project for several years investigating the earliest human inhabitants of this part of New England dating back 14,000 to 12,500 years ago. We also talk about her work with local historic cemeteries. This project is an investigative project into the lives of everyday people. Gail is in the early stages of developing this project into a podcast called, "The Secret Life of Death." In each episode, she will uncover and discuss the biography of an individual. Like we said, Gail is multi-faceted. Finally, if there wasn't enough, Gail hits us with two awesome recipes! A chocolate chip cookie recipe and a dish she calls, "pulled pork chicken." You have to listen to find out how she turns a chocolate chip cookie on its head!