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Trail Blazers featuring Davide Tanasi, Ph.D.

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This Trail Blazers talk will explore ancient communities of Sicily using combination of chemistry and archaeology.

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Professor in the Department of History at USF, Dr. Davide Tanasi will discuss “We Are What We Eat - Diet, Cuisine, Materiality: Archaeology of Food and Drink in Sicily".

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From Prehistory through the information age, food has been the foundation of economies. Dating back to 100 CE, Roman poet Juvenal measured popular support for the emperor by his ability to provide “bread and circuses”, and now even in 2020, debate rages in the U.S. about who is impoverished enough to receive food stamps. The consumption of food is an unbroken reality of human history. It has touched everyone regardless of age, gender, race, class, or nationality. Despite this continuity of consumption, much has changed from how the ancient Romans baked their bread to how we purchase ours at the nearest Publix.

Davide Tanasi will explore these disconnects and continuities by examining the ancient communities of his native Sicily through an innovative approach that combines chemistry and archaeology.

About Dr. Davide Tanasi:

Dr. Davide Tanasi is an expert of application of innovative technologies for the study of ancient material culture and a specialist of Archaeology of ancient Sicily and Malta, where he has conducted field work for over two decades.

His primary research focus is the Biomolecular Archaeology of Mediterranean Diet and the study of dietary and culinary habits of ancient community of Sicily and Malta from Prehistory to Late Antiquity and the impact of those habits in their health-related lifestyle, a field in which he has published groundbreaking works.

He is an Associate Professor with the History Department at the University of South Florida and Affiliate Faculty with the College of Arts and Sciences' Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment (IASCE).

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7:00- 8:00 p.m. Program

Stephan Hassam and Dean Eisenberg deliver opening remarks

Dr. Davide Tansi's presentation

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Closing remarks

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