02 Jul '11, 7pm

What Would Your Diet Have Looked Like 5,000 Years Ago?

What Would Your Diet Have Looked Like 5,000 Years Ago?

We can learn a lot about our past by the foods that were a part of our diet. It tells us what foods were available, what animals roamed the earth, and where people congregated to find them. Were they nomads or farmers, hunters or gatherers? It’s too bad that we can’t look back all that far in history to discern diet. Or maybe we can. The remains of one ancient Iceman are unlocking the keys to where our diet was 5,200 years. Found in the Tyrolean Alps, Otzi the Iceman had a stomach full of ibex meat and cereal when he died, likely after being attacked. We’ve learned a lot from Otzi by studying what was in his stomach, bowels, and what he was wearing. This single iceman is unlocking the keys to the Neolithic period or the New Stone Age, a period characterized by the rise of human technologies such as farming, domestication of animals, and the development of tools. Otzi has a...

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