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AIA Lecture - The Early History of Chocolate

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AIA Lecture - The Early History of Chocolate

Time: March 13, 2009 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Boston University, CAS 224
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Event Type: education
Created By: Madame Cocoa
Latest Activity: Mar 10, 2009

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The Archaeological Institute of America presents a lecture program by Rosemary Joyce, UC Berkeley --

Chocolate is a widely appreciated luxury today, the center of multi-national trade. Most people know that chocolate originated in Central America. What is less well known is the recent explosion of knowledge about the early history of Theobroma cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made. This talk explores recent research, including my own work in Honduras, that has pushed the origins of human use of cacao back before 1100 BC. It considers what we now know was a wide range of ways of using cacao, including the possibility that the earliest use of cacao was for a fermented, alcoholic beverage. Touching on modern advances in archaeological chemistry, new understandings of the social life of food, and contemporary concerns about the roles women played in past societies, this journey through the history of chocolate is a window into the ways archaeology has developed in the last 20 years. -- from the AIA website

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