Anthropology Magazine

When at Home, Bake as the Romans Baked

When at Home, Bake as the Romans Baked

Experimental archaeologist Farrell Monaco takes pandemic-era baking into the deep past by re-creating ancient Roman bread.

SAPIENS host Chip Colwell talks with experimental archaeologist Farrell Monaco about her work re-creating ancient Roman bread and what it means to reconnect with bakers of the past. Farrell also offers some tips for pandemic-era bakers who want to take their new hobby to the next level.


For more from Farrell, her award-winning website is Tavola Mediterranea.

Read more about experimental archaeology, including Farrell and her work, at “Pandemic Bakers Bring the Past to Life.” And go ahead and try to make the Roman bread recipe described by Cato the Elder.