The processes that we humans go through to hunt, gather, farm, butcher, cook, and dispose of food are essential parts of our societies and cultures. In this chapter you have learned about the methods archaeologists use to study what the people of the past ate.
There are many ways we can gather information about past diet, but the only incontrovertible evidence that something was consumed by humans comes from preserved stomachs and feces.
Preserved human feces are often found in archaeological contexts. Their analysis is vital to our understanding of past food consumption and nutritional health. Preserved stomachs are rarer finds, though scientific analysis of the stomach contents of mummies continues to yield exciting information.
In a previous chapter you read about the Neolithic Tyrolean Iceman. Please read the following article about his stomach contents and use it and your book to answer the questions below.