Title

An Experimental Examination of Arctic Soapstone Cooking Technology

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

4-1-2009

Publication Title

74th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology

Volume

2009

First page number:

136

Last page number:

136

Abstract

We examine soapstone’s heat properties and its usefulness for Arctic cooking technologies in comparison to alternatives such as metal and ceramic. We focus on how energy storage properties enhance soapstone’s usefulness, particularly with low-energy heating. We explore whether the historic discontinuation of traditional stone cookware was driven by availability of metal, trade pressures, or a change in heating systems, such as the adoption of stoves. We will conduct low-energy boiling experiments, simulating the oil-based heating of historic Arctic communities. By understanding heat absorption and release associated with various materials we will gain insights into the choices made by Arctic people.

Disciplines

Archaeological Anthropology | Chemistry

Language

English


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