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Humans and Alcohol: The Archaeology of a Deeply Entangled Relationship - Livestream

Attitudes about alcohol exhibit a striking degree of ambivalence. On one hand, drinking alcohol is a broadly accepted and very popular activity around the world. Yet, alcohol has also acquired a bad reputation as a dangerous substance. Some governments and religions have even tried to ban it altogether. Archaeological evidence shows that the human relationship with alcohol has a very deep antiquity and the biological adaptation that enables humans to metabolize alcohol goes back at least 10 to 12 million years.

This lecture presents an anthropological framework for understanding the social and cultural significance of alcohol and examines the archaeological evidence for drinking in the past, with particular attention to the nature and consequences of the wine trade in the ancient Mediterranean.

Speaker: Michael Dietler, University of Chicago

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Thursday, 11/04/21


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