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date: 24 January 2021

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This article addresses the nature of hunter-gatherer foodways, drawing on both ethnographic and archaeological examples from various parts of the world. There is much variability in how hunter-gatherers exploit and manage their environments in a practical sense; equally important are the ways in which foods are used to define gender relations, status differences, and group identities, and to offer insights into belief systems. Attention is drawn to the increasing potential offered by advances in scientific archaeology in the investigation of past foodways.

Keywords: gender, social inequality, egalitarian, identity, complexity, archaeological sciences

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