The Kapeleio at Hellenistic Krania: Food Consumption, Disposal, and the Use of Space

by Evi Margaritis

Hesperia, Volume 83, Issue 1
Page(s): 103-121
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.83.1.0103
Year: 2014


Building Δ at the site of Krania in southern Macedonia can most likely be identified as a kapeleio, a public bar or tavern, which catered both to the city's inhabitants and also to travelers passing through it. This suggestion is based on the presence of large quantities of organic remains in combination with the building's architectural features and its pottery assemblage. The archaeobotanical material consists of the residues of food preparation and disposal, and it is made up of a variety of cereals, pulses, fruits, and large quantities of pine nuts and sesame seeds. This is the first time such a detailed dataset of archaeobotanical remains deriving from this type of an establishment in Hellenistic Greece has been gathered.