Did you ever stop to think that the first fire pit cooking was probably used to cook mammoth?
The archaeological record that leads us to the ovens of today begins with the hearths of 20,000 or 30,000 BCE. Yes that’s almost unfathomable and no that is not a typo.
For context, 200,000 years ago the first Homo sapiens appeared in Africa. 50,000 years ago, the oldest sewing needle was found. So yes, about 20-30,000 years ago is when folks who lived in dwellings made of mammoth bones were cooking in the small hearths inside.
That world feels so lost to us now, but through the connection of food and fire, perhaps we can keep a spark of it alive.
So, mammoth pizza anyone? Apparently the Explorer’s Club served mammoth at a 1951 gala. Would you eat it? Would you like to learn more about that story?