Kevin asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 weeks ago

How did ancient people, whom lived during BC times up until at least the Middle ages, cook their food? Did they have to eat everything raw?

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  • Fred
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    People cooked on fires.  I think many people had iron cooking pots as iron and copper were common metals back then.  Likely there diet was much more basic and boring than what we eat today.  Meat may have been cooked on the end of sticks as well as course bread dough may have been cooked the same way.  Likely they ate a lot of their vegetables and fruit raw. 

  • John P
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    The basic answer is 'fire', as it is for many people in some parts of the world today. Later fire was to some extent tamed by building stoves which used wood or coal.

    I bet you have been fed at a barbecue at some time in your life.

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    No.  Fire was discovered by the apostles, at Pentecost.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Ignorance of  history, ignorance of grammar ... Sigh ...

    You mean, "ancient people WHO lived" ...

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Phylogenetic analysis suggests that human ancestors may have invented cooking as far back as 1.8 million to 2.3 million years ago. Re-analysis of burnt bone fragments and plant ashes from the Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa has provided evidence supporting control of fire by early humans by 1 million years ago. There is evidence that H erectus were cooking their food as early as 500,000 years ago. Evidence for the controlled use of fire by H erectus beginning some 400,000 years ago has wide scholarly support. Archaeological evidence from 300,000 years ago, in the form of ancient hearths, earth ovens, burnt animal bones, and flint, are found across Europe and the Middle East. Anthropologists think that widespread cooking fires began about 250,000 years ago when hearths first appeared.

  • dman63
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Uh, FIRE.  Man learned to make and control fire deep in the BC time scale.  It’s definitely nothing new.

  • 4 weeks ago

    The 'experts' still can't determine exactly when humans first learned to control fire so it could be used at-will. Some say not until about 7,000 years ago and some say much farther back. But there is conclusive evidence from caves that humans used fire for cooking over 400,000 years ago. Probably longer than that.  Caves would shelter the evidence of those hearths used to cook food, where there would be nothing left for archaeologists to find of those out in the open.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    "Whom"? Kinda clinches the "troll" diagnosis, doesn't it?

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    ahem ... I realize that most young people have been completely dumbed down through public education, and that they have lived in an era where an open flame has been deemed to be "dangerous".  But you should know that fire was common in the stone age.  It was literally one of the first discoveries by humans.  We have been cooking food over flames for thousands of years.

  • with fire?   derp

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