- To see the benefits of a plant-based diet, you only need to know that
society has been largely fuelled by processed grains for the last
20,000 years, says archaeologist Matt Pope
of University College London. “There is a relationship there to be
explored between diet, experimentation with processing plant food and
This is another example of the advances made by Europe’s Gravettian culture, which produced technology, artwork and elaborate burial systems during the Upper Palaeolithic era, says Erik Trinkaus at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. “These people were described 15 years ago as ‘Hunters of the Golden Age’, and the details of that are still being filled out.”
Mariotti Lippi’s team hopes to continue studying ancient grinding stones to find out more about the Palaeolithic plant diet. Grinding stones go back a long way, says Trinkaus, and people may well have been pounding and eating various wild grains even earlier than 32,000 years ago.
There is little to say whether such food was a food of last resort or how it was considered against game. Perspective, people.