Acorn Bread in Iron Age of North-western Iberia, from Gathering to Baking
Strabo’s Geography is one of the main sources that archaeologists use for the study of the Castro Culture’s (Iron Age in north-western Iberia) customs on food and consumption. In his description, [Strabo] affirms that during two thirds of the year, those mountaineers fed on the acorn.
The archaeological evidence shows that these people were mainly farmers; therefore Strabo presents this idea of gathering and poor agriculture in an attempt to contrast Castro Culture with a civilized image of Rome. However, the gathered products would constitute an important part of their diet, as the common finding of acorns in a substantial number of settlements seems to indicate.
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