I wonder what the king is eating tonight?

Here’s the other iMalqata post I had enjoyed yesterday. Want to learn more about Egyptian food, meat in particular? Read this entry by Salima Ikram. Enjoy!

iMalqata - A Joint Expedition

Salima Ikram

It is fabulous to be at Malqata—an ancient Egyptian settlement with areas that show social stratigraphy and organisation. Kings, nobles, and commoners all lived here and celebrated the sed festivals of King Amenhotep III. I first worked on animal bones that were excavated from Malqata in the 1970s for my Ph.D., and am thrilled that the Met is digging now in different parts of the site so that there is a fresh source of bones to examine. The animal bones that I am studying come from trash pits, and undisturbed fill that lay in the North Village. By examining these, we are learning about what people ate and how animals were butchered.

Part of the [] bone of a calf, with butchery marks. Part of the rib of a cow that has been chopped in half.. Many of the bones I am examining come from a pit just outside the enclosure wall of a ceremonial area known as the Audience Pavilion…

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What do archaeologists eat while in the field?

I thought I would transfer some of the ‘questions answered by an archaeologist’ from my old site as blog posts.  This is one of the very first ones I ever got when I started my website back in 2002.

What do archaeologists eat while in the field?

Eating sugar-sprinkled spaghetti noodles with one's right hand is harder than it looks!

Eating sugar-sprinkled spaghetti noodles with one’s right hand is harder than it looks!

All sorts of things! Obviously, it depends on where you work and where you stay. The food on a dig near the Fifth Cataract in Sudan is very different from that on a dig just outside Rome! Generally, in far away regions, we eat products available at the local market that are prepared by members of the archaeological mission or by a hired cook. This therefore means that these meals are not what our Mum used to prepare for us! The most difficult is to adapt yourself to the local dishes and products (you might grow fond of some of them). These are supplemented by any packaged food we buy or bring from the big city or from our respective countries. As long as it’s not perishable, you can bring it. People who are fussy about their food and those who only like very specific things might sometimes find it a bit depressing on a dig in a foreign country.