Food Deposits in the Tombs of the 2 nd Millennium Central Anatolia

Working paper de Julie Patrier

Death is one of the chief concerns of the populations of the ancient Near East, including the question of life after death. Accordingly, funeral rites were established to ease the passage between the world of the living and the world of the dead. These rituals entail several sequences and can be viewed on various levels, including the food offerings that occurred. The purpose of this article is to study food deposits that are brought to light in funerary context (ceramics and animal bones) in the 2nd millennium Anatolia and to see how they can be interpreted.

The Author

Since April 2011, Julie Patrier holds a doctorate in archeology from the ancient Near East. The thesis was co-edited by the University of Strasbourg (edited by Prof. D. Beyer) and the Università Ca'Foscari in Venice (edited by Prof. L. Milano), and was entitled Conservation and storage of foodstuff in Central Anatolia in the 2nd millennium before JC. She generally works on the food but also on the glyptic, subjects on which she has already published many articles. She has also participated in many missions in France and in the East (in Syria and Turkey). She is a member of the ANR ARCHIBAB, UMR 7192, Collège de France.

The Text

Ce texte a été rédigé grâce au soutien de la bourse Fernand Braudel-IFER outgoing lors de mon séjour à l’Eberhard-Karls Universität de Tübingen, de mai 2013 à janvier 2014.


Julie Patrier. Les dépôts alimentaires dans les tombes d’Anatolie centrale au IIe mill ́enaire av.J.-C.. FMSH-WP-2015-103. 2015.

Published at 9 October 2015