Cooking with Archaeology

By Evan Charlone

Created for the Portland State University’s Public Archaeology (Anth 460) class, Spring 2021

In my first video I attempt to recreate the world’s oldest known bread! This recipe is derived from archaeobotanical remains found in modern day Jordan.


Bread.– Amaia Arranz-Otaegui, Lara Gonzalez Carretero, Monica N. Ramsey, Dorian Q. Fuller, Tobias Richter, 2018, Archaeobotanical evidence reveals the origins of bread 14,400 years ago in northeastern Jordan Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Jul 2018, 115 (31) 7925-7930; DOI:

In my second video I attempt to recreate a poke bowl using archaeological remains found in Hawaii.


1. Poke bowl – Karla J. McDermid , Keelee J. Martin and Maria C. Haws, 2019, Seaweed resources of the Hawaiian Islands.
Kirch, P. V. (1982, December).

The Ecology of Marine Exploitation in Prehistoric Hawaii. Retrieved December 05, 2020, from b_contents

Alex E. Morrison, Terry L. Hunt, 2007, Human Impacts on the Nearshore Environment: An Archaeological Case Study from Kaua‘i, Hawaiian Islands,

Kagawa-Viviani A, Levin P, Johnston E, Ooka J, Baker J, Kantar M, Lincoln NK. I Ke Ēwe ʻĀina o Ke Kupuna: Hawaiian Ancestral Crops in Perspective. Sustainability. 2018; 10(12):4607.

@fasteatsI attempt to recreate a poke bowl using ingredients in inspired from archaeological remains. #food #foodie #archaeologist #archaeologyroadshow♬ original sound – charloneevan

In my final video I create a meal worthy of the gods of ancient Mesopotamia. Using Mythology and its relation to ancient Mesopotamian society.


Mesopotamia- Jean Bottéro, 1985, The Cuisine of Ancient Mesopotamia, The Biblical Archaeologist, Vol.48,No.1. =3#metadata_info_tab_contents.

Nowicki, S. (2014). Menu of the gods. mesopotamian supernatural powers and their nourishment, with reference to selected literary sources. Archiv Orientalni, 82(2),
211-II,409. Retrieved from arly-journals/menu-gods-mesopotamian-supernatural-powers-their/docview/1629401885/se-2?accountid=13265.

@fasteatsRecreating a meal inspired by ancient Mesopotamian mythology. #food #foodie #mesopotamia #beer #archaeologyroadshow♬ original sound – charloneevan