Exotic foods reveal contact between South Asia and the Near East during the second millennium BCE

@article{Scott2020ExoticFR,
  title={Exotic foods reveal contact between South Asia and the Near East during the second millennium BCE},
  author={A. Scott and R. Power and Victoria Altmann-Wendling and M. Artzy and M. A. Martin and S. Eisenmann and Richard W. Hagan and D. C. Salazar-Garc{\'i}a and Yossi Salmon and Dmitry Yegorov and I. Milevski and I. Finkelstein and P. Stockhammer and C. Warinner},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2020},
  volume={118}
}
Significance Here we report the identification of staple and exotic food remains in Bronze and Early Iron Age dental calculus from the Southern Levant. The analysis of dietary plant microremains and proteins sheds new light on consumed exotic foods from South and East Asia during the second millennium BCE. We provide the earliest direct evidence in the Mediterranean to date for the consumption of sesame, soybean, probable banana, and turmeric. The recovery and identification of diverse… Expand