An interesting case of experimental archaeology: a researcher decided to make a model of an ancient Greek (Aegean Bronze Age) cooking contraption that had an unclear purpose. Her findings were that the device was used as a kind of portable grill upon which skewers could be placed. Turns Out The Ancient Greeks Were Quite The Grill Masters I could go for some Greek food one of these days... 😀
Now that is an interesting find. I know I am generally down on archaeology but I find experimental archaeology quite fascinating.That is one of the main reasons I am bound and determined to put together a short trip next year to see Guédelon Castle in Burgundy.
About experimental archaeology, last year Ig Noble award was won by:ARCHAEOLOGY PRIZE: Brian Crandall [USA] and Peter Stahl [CANADA, USA], for parboiling a dead shrew, and then swallowing the shrew without chewing, and then carefully examining everything excreted during subsequent days — all so they could see which bones would dissolve inside the human digestive system, and which bones would not. REFERENCE: "Human Digestive Effects on a Micromammalian Skeleton," Peter W. Stahl and Brian D. Crandall, Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 22, November 1995, pp. 789–97. Here is the full list of the 2014 winners : Improbable ResearchAs they say: achievements that first make people laugh, and then makes them think
Just a guess, but I think that the stomachs of years past would have encountered a lot more foreign things, such as undercooked/overcooked and junk meats, less processed grains, bacteria of all kinds, misc. bits and pieces (bugs, bones, etc.). Am I just imagining it, or do I recall some theory that the human appendix may have been responsible for helping humans digest things like leaves and the like?
That may be true for westerners but probably not for people of less developed parts of the world. I would guess if that was your concern then the researchers should have went to some African village and had the people there eat the shrews, which is probably not much different than their regular diet.I have heard that theory about the appendix too. That it is the remnant of our previous ruminant chamber.
Yeah, I suppose getting someone from a poorer country would have been better and more accurately reflected the stomachs of our ancestors.I recall drinking the water in Mexico years ago and returning to the U.S. with the bad results....to me, that suggests stomachs behave differently depending on quality of food.
That's not just only about your stomach but also about your intestine flora which didn't have time to adapt to local bacterial flora. I'm sure that after a while you would be able to drink that water as well.