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Drink and Commensality or How to Hold on to Your Drink in the Chalcolithic

Susanne Kerner

Since 2004, Susanne Kerner has been Lektor (Associate Professor) in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Carsten-Niebuhr-Section (TORS) in Copenhagen, Denmark (head of section 2005-2010); previously part-time lecturer at Free University in Berlin and several short-term contracts (analysis of archaeological material and field-directorship) for the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). Dr.phil (Craft specialisation and social organisation in the Southern Levant) in 1998 at Freie Universität Berlin. From 1990-1995 director at the German Protestant Institute for Archaeology and History in Amman (Jordan); 1988-1990 assistant director at the same institution. Since 1990 director or co-director of over 10 excavations and survey seasons in Jordan (e.g. “The Desert and the Sown in Northern Jordan (DSNJ)”, Umm Qais, Abu Snesleh).Numerous lectures at international conferences, organisation of exhibitions and conferences (e.g. “Food and Identity” in Copenhagen [with Cynthia Chou and Morten Warmind]; “Climate and Ancient Society” in Copenhagen, “Adaptation of Archaeological Methods in Near Eastern Archaeology” in Berlin). Research focus: social complexity, food and identity, theoretical archaeology, rituals. Teaching: courses on Prehistory and History of Near Eastern Archaeology, Social Organisation, Food, Ritual, Commensality, Gender at undergraduate and graduate level. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... during the Late Chalcolithic period, which spans roughly the time period of 4500–3800 bce. Its society is organized in small-scale polities, often called chiefdoms (Kerner, 2001; Rowan and Golden, 2009) with few clearly recognizable differences...

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Susanne Kerner

Since 2004, Susanne Kerner has been Lektor (Associate Professor) in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Carsten-Niebuhr-Section (TORS) in Copenhagen, Denmark (head of section 2005-2010); previously part-time lecturer at Free University in Berlin and several short-term contracts (analysis of archaeological material and field-directorship) for the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). Dr.phil (Craft specialisation and social organisation in the Southern Levant) in 1998 at Freie Universität Berlin. From 1990-1995 director at the German Protestant Institute for Archaeology and History in Amman (Jordan); 1988-1990 assistant director at the same institution. Since 1990 director or co-director of over 10 excavations and survey seasons in Jordan (e.g. “The Desert and the Sown in Northern Jordan (DSNJ)”, Umm Qais, Abu Snesleh).Numerous lectures at international conferences, organisation of exhibitions and conferences (e.g. “Food and Identity” in Copenhagen [with Cynthia Chou and Morten Warmind]; “Climate and Ancient Society” in Copenhagen, “Adaptation of Archaeological Methods in Near Eastern Archaeology” in Berlin). Research focus: social complexity, food and identity, theoretical archaeology, rituals. Teaching: courses on Prehistory and History of Near Eastern Archaeology, Social Organisation, Food, Ritual, Commensality, Gender at undergraduate and graduate level. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cynthia Chou

Cynthia Chou, Associate Professor with Special Qualifications (Lektor msk), social anthropologist, Head of Southeast Asian Studies, KU-ToRS. She is internationally known for her pioneering study of the life and lifestyles, as well as identity and change, of the indigenous Malays in Southeast Asia. She single-handedly built the Malay maritime life collection for the Singapore National Museum and has published highly cited books in this area which are used by several universities as textbooks. At KU, she initiated and directed several innovative programs of co-operation, both in research and education, with leading international institutions for which she has won various international prizes. Courses that she has been teaching at the University of Copenhagen include “The Anthropology of Food and Eating in Southeast Asia,” “Modernisation and Development: The Human Landscape of Southeast Asia,” and “Introduction to Southeast Asia Culture.” Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

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... to identify those elements, which constitute the ritualization of everyday activities and objects.In Chapter 10, Susanne Kerner discusses the role of drinking vessels from the Late Chalcolithic Southern Levant (4500–3800 bce) in the negotiation...