The Archaeology of Food and Warfare

Food Insecurity in Prehistory

  • Amber M. VanDerwarker
  • Gregory D. Wilson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Gregory D. Wilson, Amber M. VanDerwarker
    Pages 1-11
  3. Amber M. VanDerwarker, Gregory D. Wilson
    Pages 75-105
  4. Douglas J. Kennett, Marilyn A. Masson, Stanley Serafin, Brendan J. Culleton, Carlos Peraza Lope
    Pages 161-192
  5. Tiffiny A. Tung, Melanie Miller, Larisa DeSantis, Emily A. Sharp, Jasmine Kelly
    Pages 193-228
  6. Lawrence H. Keeley
    Pages 291-302
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 303-313

About this book


The archaeologies of food and warfare have independently developed over the past several decades. This volume aims to provide concrete linkages between these research topics through the examination of case studies worldwide. Topics considered within the book include: the impacts of warfare on the daily food quest, warfare and nutritional health, ritual foodways and violence, the provisioning of warriors and armies, status-based changes in diet during times of war, logistical constraints on military campaigns, and violent competition over subsistence resources. The diversity of perspectives included in this volume may be a product of new ways of conceptualizing violence—not simply as an isolated component of a society, nor as an attribute of a particular societal type—but instead as a transformative process that is lived and irrevocably alters social, economic, and political organization and relationships. This book highlights this transformative process by presenting a cross-cultural perspective on the connection between war and food through the inclusion of case studies from several continents. ​


Development of food and warfare archaeology Impact of warfare on daily food quest Logistical constraints on military campaigns Provisioning of warriors and armies Ritual foodways and violence Status-based changes in diet during times of war

Editors and affiliations

  • Amber M. VanDerwarker
    • 1
  • Gregory D. Wilson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-18505-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-18506-4
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