More bacon please!
of CUNY archaeology professor Kate Pechenkina and colleagues found that men's domination started the same time they started putting more meat in their diets.
Focusing particularly on the end of the Neolithic Period (roughly 2000 BC
) and beginning of the Bronze Age (around 1700 BC
), they've found interesting results. During the former period, both men and women have showed their reliance on wheat. By the dawn of the latter age, however, males' bones had a significantly huge shift. Their bone tissues had a nitrogen signature (meat-based diets) while their female counterparts had a carbon signature (wheat-based diet).
"We discovered very unexpectedly that female diets are very affected by wheat and barley, but male diets stay the same with high proportion of animal products," Pechenkina says."This was very surprising for us," she added. "[And so,] we started to look[ing] into equality and historical sources to make sense of the findings."
This is how women lived during the Bronze Age (a.k.a. "macho eating age"): less treasures accompany women when they die and get buried. Since fight and manly dominance defined the era, wars thrived across the country. And in the Chinese economy, men shall fight to have a prized metal (hence the name). Plus the fact that society admired and praised men for their macho attributes, you can't deny the rising patriarchy there.
But how are some of civilization's early food habits associated with men's power over women?
Well, honestly, without a time machine or more historical records, we can't be sure. It's not clear how men "overtook" women or why men had a shift on their eating patterns at the start of Bronze Age.
But for now, why not enjoy a hearty and meaty meal?