The choice of foods and beverage (gastronomy is founded very early on in a nations or civilisations history. Briefly, factors such as demand, edibility, availability, human senses, philosophical thoughts, geographical and mental barriers, economy, heritage, ideology, social structures, social class, gender, utensils, experiences and sensations all play a vital part in human food choices, in both daily life and on feast days.
A nations gastronomy also consists of many different phenomena, so the choices are therefore very complex and never static. Additional complications arise because the relevant factors dont necessary have the same meaning for all the inhabitants in one geographical area.
Ancient foodways has its focus on the gastronomic man and how the gastronomic man shows in early civilisations and nations. We will follow the foodways of the inhabitants on a daily basis as well as on feastdays.