What's for Dinner? Understanding Bronze Age Sardinian Identity through Foodways

Spring 2015 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Susan Palazzo(Anthropology) My dissertation research seeks to understand the process of changing identities in the interior of Sardinia during the Middle and Late Bronze Age (c. 1600-850 BCE) by examining changes in foodways over time. I will examine ceramics and faunal remains from the site of Bingia 'e Monti in west-central Sardinia in order to evaluate the level of indigenous-foreign (Nuragic-Phoenician) interaction and understand cultural transistions in the region. This project uses a postcolonial approach that emphasizes how new cultural practices are produced through mutual entanglement of native groups and colonizers and seeks to construct a new framework for colonial encounters in the Mediterranean.