Since 2017: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.
Since 2012: Member, European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art (EASAA).
An innovative approach for the study of culinary practices in past societies(CUISINE). PI: JJ García-Granero. Scientists in charge: A Bogaard (University of Oxford), D Urem-Kotsou (Democritus University of Thrace). Funding: European Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2015, Grant No. 704867).
Modelling Plant Cultivation in Prehistory (CULM). PI: D Zurro (IMF-CSIC). Funding: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Programa I+D 2016, Grant No. HAR2016-77672).
Cooking plant foods in the northern Aegean: Microbotanical evidence from Neolithic Stavroupoli (Thessaloniki, Greece)
García-Granero, JJ, Urem-Kotsou, D, Bogaard, A, Kotsos, S
Traces of date palm in an early third millennium BC tomb in Zukayt, ad Dākhilyyah, Sultanate of Oman
Bortolini, E, García-Granero, J, Madella, M
Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies
What is on the craftsmen’s menu? Plant consumption at Datrana, a 5000-year-old lithic blade workshop in North Gujarat, India
García-Granero, JJ, Gadekar, C, Esteban, I, Lancelotti, C, Madella, M, Ajithprasad, P
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences
The exploitation of lithic resources was an important aspect of prehistoric resource exploitation strategies and adaptation. Research has mostly focused on technological and spatial aspects of lithic factory sites, often overlooking how these sites were integrated within local socioecological dynamics in terms of food acquisition and consumption. The aim of this paper is to study plant consumption at Datrana, a 5000-year-old lithic blade workshop in North Gujarat, India, in order to understand its occupants’ subsistence strategies. The results of archaeobotanical, mineralogical and soil pH analyses show that the occupants of this factory site were consuming local crops but not processing them, suggesting that either (a) food was being processed in other areas of the site or (b) it was acquired in a ‘ready-to-consume’ state from local food-producing communities. This study highlights the integration of a lithic factory site within its surrounding cultural and natural landscape, offering an example of how the inhabitants of a workshop interacted with local communities to acquire food resources.
Archaeobotany, South Asia, Subsistence strategies, Craft specialisation, Lithic workshop, Mineralogy
A methodological approach to the study of microbotanical remains from grinding stones: a case study in northern Gujarat (India)
García-Granero, JJ, Lancelotti, C, Madella, M
Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
The thorough reconstruction of subsistence practices throughout human history remains one of the most challenging questions in archaeological research. Analyses of microbotanical remains recovered from archaeological artefacts have greatly contributed to our knowledge of past livelihood strategies. However, certain methodological issues are seldom addressed throughout these analyses, including the integration of multiple proxies, the comparison between samples and the interpretation of control samples. This paper addresses these methodological concerns through the analysis of phytoliths and starch grains from a total of 80 samples from grinding tools from four archaeological occupations (ca. 7150–1900 cal bc) in northern Gujarat (NW India). The results were compared with 26 control samples from the same sedimentary matrix from which the tools were recovered and 12 control samples from laboratory consumables. Multivariate statistics were applied to (a) compare control samples with grinding stones to assess sample contamination and representativeness, (b) compare samples from different sites, and (c) identify tool clusters within a site. This study stresses the importance of the integrated analysis of phytoliths and starch grains and the application of multivariate statistics, which allow for stronger interpretations on the use and post-depositional trajectories of grinding stones, thus offering a solid framework for the reconstruction of past subsistence strategies. Moreover, the results show that the inhabitants of northern Gujarat continuously exploited small millets throughout the Holocene and that pulses, secondary at first, became a fundamental part of their subsistence strategy with the advent of settled life.
Starch, Archaeobotany, South Asia, Grinding stones, Methods, Phytoliths
Investigating fuel and fireplaces with a combination of phytoliths and multi-element analysis; an ethnographic experiment