News & Events

 

Dining with the Assyrians

Posted on 2018-01-05 in Events
Jan 18, 2018



CMRS Colloquium

18 January 2018

4:30 pm

STM room 200

Dining with the Assyrians: cuisine, consumption, and sacrifice at Ziyaret Tepe

Tina Greenfield, STM Archaeology and CMRS Fellow

Excavations in the peripheries of the Assyrian empires have brought to light a large number of archaeological remains directly linked with the Neo-Assyrian (c. 900-611 BCE) presence in these areas. However, to read societal change and transformation, and individual customs and habits becomes even more speculative, when written records are missing. To help shed light on this issue, this paper will focus on the faunal remains from cremation burials and various rooms excavated from the Neo-Assyrian palace at Ziyaret (anc. Tušhan), a provincial capital city located in southeastern Turkey. Cremated human remains were deposited in rectangular pits in the open palace’s courtyard while the palace was still in use. Equipped with a rich inventory of Assyrian luxury goods, the deposition of these animal bones is a direct reflection of ritual behaviour in connection to funerary rites, rituals and sacrifice. Additionally, several rooms in the Palace revealed faunal remains that highlight elite dietary preferences. Unsurprisingly, the faunal assemblage from the graves stands apart from the assemblage throughout the rest of the Assyrian building, however new insights were made from both analyses that were unexpected. This lecture will examine the nature of the faunal remains from these different contexts and highlights consumption patterns, sacrifices, and overall cuisine within an Assyrian Imperial palace.

Back to News Listing

Related Articles

Tiro and Cicero: A Look at the Relationship between a Freedman and his Patron

Posted on 2019-01-08

Part of the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) Colloquium Series


CMRS 398: Using Big Science for the Study of Material Culture -- poster presentation

Posted on 2018-11-30

A poster presentation and reception to showcase the work of the students in CMRS/CHEM 398.


Living in the Ancient Roman City: Space, Religion, Dangers

Posted on 2018-11-02

Students of History 308.6 Rome Study Abroad 2018 reflect on their experiences of ancient Rome.


From Collation to Edition: One Small Step, one Giant Leap

Posted on 2018-10-09

Dominik Wujastyk discusses the creation of text editions based on Sanskrit manuscripts.


Scattered Leaves and Virtual Manuscripts: The Promise of Digital Fragmentology

Posted on 2018-09-18

Lisa Fagin Davis introduces the nascent field of "Fragmentology."


Textual Communities: or, Everyone an Editor

Posted on 2018-03-13

This talk will introduce the new Textual Communities system for online collaborative editing, and illustrate its use with examples.