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What is on the craftsmen’s menu? Plant consumption at Datrana, a 5000-year-old lithic blade workshop in North Gujarat, India

AuthorsGarcía-Granero Fos, Juan José ; Gadekar, C.S.; Esteban, Irene; Lancelotti, Carla ; Madella, Marco ; Ajithprasad, P.
KeywordsLithic workshop
Craft specialisation
Subsistence strategies
South Asia
Issue Date2017
CitationArchaeological and Anthropological Sciences (9/2) : 251–263 (2017)
AbstractThe 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.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12520-015-0281-0
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