Carotenoid-rich oils as drivers of innovation in the Ancient Near East: Lessons and Outlook

Alex Loktionov2This presentation focuses on the place of oil in the technology, society and religion of the Ancient Near East in the 2nd millennium BCE, with a particular emphasis on how properties of different oils, based on both their physical appearance and chemical composition, could influence their use. While the ancient people in question could not have been familiar with the significance of carotenoids or antioxidants more widely, they did understand that different types of oil were best suited for different purposes.

This presentation, done by Dr Alex Loktionov, from Lord Lewis-AHRC Research Scholar, United Kingdom will seek to unlock the complex framework of beliefs and practices developed around oil in this period, illustrating the ways in which this contributed to the profound political and socio-economic changes of the time.

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