Alcohol and Humans

A Long and Social Affair (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Edited by Kimberley Hockings and Robin Dunbar

Table of Contents

  1. The puzzle of alcohol consumption, Robin Dunbar and Kimberley Hockings
    2. The natural biology of dietary ethanol, and its implications for primate evolution, Robert Dudley
    3. Hominoid Ancestry and the Adaptation to Dietary Ethanol, Matthew Carrigan
    4. The Importance of Raffia Palm Wine to Coexisting Humans and Chimpanzees, Kimberley Hockings, Miho Ito and Gen Yamakoshi
    5. The earliest toasts: archaeological evidence of the social and cultural construction of alcohol in prehistoric Europe, Elisa Guerra-Doce
    6. Uncorking the past: alcoholic fermentation as humankind’s first biotechnology, Patrick McGovern
    7. Rituals and feasting as incentives for cooperative action at early Neolithic Gobekli Tepe, Oliver Dietrich and Laura Dietrich
    8. Alcohol as embodied material culture: anthropological reflections on the deep entanglement of humans and alcohol, Michael Dietler
    9. The nature of sweetness: an indigenous fermentation complex in Amazonian Guyana, Lewis Daly
    10. Chicha as Water: Traditional Fermented Beer Consumption Among Forager Horticulturalists in the Bolivian Amazon, Asher Rosinger and Hilary Bethancourt
    11. Feasting and its Role in Human Community Formation, Robin Dunbar
    12. Through the drinking glass: a long history of pints and performative materialities in England, Angela McShane
    13. Alcohol and humans: reflections and prospects, Kimberley Hockings and Robin Dunbar