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Cynthia Larbey

Cynthia Larbey

PhD Student

The Role of Processed Starch in the Early Modern Human Diet




Research Interests

Palaeolithic archaeobotany, specifically related to starch plant diet and its role in human evolution.
Plant food processing, including roasting, chewing, pounding and the control of fire.
How hunter-gatherers used ecological intelligence to exploit new biomes as they dispersed across the world
How early humans balanced their diets to meet biological needs.
I am also interested in how cuisines have developed and informed both cultural identity and human:plant relationships.
Human dietary genetics also give us a window on our past dietary behaviour.

Research Supervision

Supervised by:

Prof Martin Jones


Year 3 Undergraduate and MPhil Archaeological Science Charcoal practical

Other Professional Activities

Co-convenor of the George Pitt Rivers Seminar Series -

Committee member on Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Steering Group and Student Committee

Chair of the ASA4 2016 Conference organising Committee

Member of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE)

Member of the Cambridge Archaeology Field Club