Are You What You Eat?

Please join us in the Brown Science & Engineering Library for the following program, organized for Family Weekend.

 

“Are you what you eat? Assessing the diets of modern and ancient humans”

 

Friday, November 5

10:30-11:30 am

Brown Science & Engineering Library

Clark Hall

 

Fundamental to the understanding of human history is the ability to make interpretations about an ancient population based on limited information. Within artifacts can be information, for example, concerning incidence of disease, genetic defects, and nutrition. We have analyzed hair from both modern and ancient individuals to show a wide diversity in the levels of seafood, corn-fed beef, and other grains in diet. Using stable isotope tracers, new information regarding historical figures (George Washington, 1799 AD; Edgar Allen Poe, 1849 AD) to perhaps the most ancient of mummies, the Chinchorro of Chile (more than 5000 BC) as well as the Moche of Peru (500 AD) and the best preserved mummy, the Neolithic Ice Man of the Oetztaler Alps (3200 BC), has been deciphered. Not only can the understanding ancient human communities and their environments be accomplished, but insights into modern American diets have recently been established. Presented by Environmental Science Professor Stephen A. Macko.

 

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