Food from Field to Fork: an archaeobotanical approach

University of Groningen

Recent discussions about health, food safety and an awareness of vanishing traditions have resulted in an increasing interest in traditional foods and food heritage. The summer school Food from Field to Fork: an archaeobotanical approach is organised by the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, an institution well known for its advanced research of subfossil plant remains. This summer school is aimed at broadening and deepening your knowledge of traditional food practices. It will help you to learn to recognize them in your archaeobotanical assemblage. This summer school challenges you to think about how to tackle these key questions. We will assist you and help you learn to do so by studying examples of recent traditional food products, subfossil samples from Early Modern cesspits as well as a variety of historical recipes. In order to adequately interpret the archaeological record in relation to the aforementioned themes, the programme of this summer school will be divided into a theoretical and a practical session, during which there is always time for discussion.


Location Groningen, Netherlands
Period 20 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
level Bachelor / Undergraduate
Credits None
Program fee 425 EUR
Accommodation fee 245 EUR
Fee extra info:
(Under)Graduate students: € 150. PhD-students and Postdocs: € 275.
Application deadline 1 April 2019
Entry requirements:
For this summer school it is required to have a basic training in Archaeobotany (macro plant remains). Undergraduate and Gra duate students are asked to provide a letter of motivation for enrolling in this summer school.

Furthermore, it is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Contact information & application:

If you have questions about the summer school, kindly contact Sylvia Blomsma and Merit Hondelink at

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