Ensuring food for tomorrow - Argaric Culture
Food preparation requires a set of skills, decision making, infrastructure and equipment. In most prehistoric settlements, one of the most significant areas in which the different production processes and preparation of food takes place is cereal processing by milling. These areas are characterized in Argaric culture by the presence of stone benches on which a large mill is disposed, which is typically fixed and placed with a slight inclination so as to facilitate the work. These banks are associated to small and medium ceramic containers where grain would be deposited directly after being crushed and converted in flour.
This work is strenuous and requires an enormous effort and time to complete. It is essential because, although cereals are staples in the diet of prehistoric populations, they cannot be consumed without some kind of transformation. The continuous realization of this work, which must be done on a daily basis, is reflected in the appearance of lesions on the elbows, knees, lower back and toes and women are who show more lesions of this kind so that they were probably those who carried on this task.