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Archaeological evidence and imagery give a dear picture o f the development o f banqueting as a social arena and, from the Orientalizing period, a status symbol for the elite. However, everyday diet of the Etruscan population, in particular middle and lower social classes, was most likely much more basic. Faunal and plant remains, dental wear and chemical analysis of bones offer the first tantalizing evidence of regular Etruscan dietary ha bits.