Food remains from archaeological sites have given us valuable insights into past societies right across the globe. From 65,000-year-old charred fruit, vegetable and nut remains found at the (currently) oldest known site in Australia, to 2000-year-old beef jerky found in an ancient tomb in China, archaeological food remains have a lot more to say than you might think. What can an archaeological view of Brisbane's recent food history tell us? Let's just say there's more to the story than Lamingtons.

Marc Cheeseman is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland looking at the late 19th/20th century food remains from two Queensland archaeological sites: Ravenswood, an old gold-mining town in north Queensland, and Albert Street in Brisbane City. His research interests include the archaeology and history of food, and 19th century Chinese diaspora archaeology and history.

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Anthropology Museum,
Level 1, Michie Building (#9),
The University of Queensland St Lucia campus.