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Ancient Maya Cuisine and Feeding the Divinities

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

On the Menu: The Science of Food

Featured Speaker: Clarissa Cagnato, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

The ancient Maya (ca. AD 250-850) are known for their magnificent pyramids, exquisite art, hieroglyphic writing, and their grasp of time. Less certain are the details of their cuisine. But with access to chocolate, maize, chilies and vanilla, Mayan cuisine was likely remarkable.

Photo credit: Clarissa Cagnato

Anthropologist, Clarissa Cagnato, talks about ancient Mayan diets and the research from two archaeological sites in northwestern Peten, Guatemala, that points to a range of plant foods both worshiped and offered as sustenance to feed the gods. The close relation between the profane and the sacred survives today in the ritual traditions and ancient consumption practices still carried out by contemporary Mayan societies.

Want to learn more about Clarissa and paleoethnobotany, the study of ancient people and plants? Check out Clarissa’s website HERE

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 314.533.8586.

St. Louis County Library
Daniel Boone Branch
300 Clarkson Rd.
Ellisville, MO 63011-2222

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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