Material Symbols: Culture & Economy in Prehistory by John E. Robb, Visiting Scholar Conference 1996 Southern

By John E. Robb, Visiting Scholar Conference 1996 Southern Illinois University at carb


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The Three Cranes Tavern Highway to the Past The Archaeology of Boston’s Big Dig and the Parker-Harris Pottery were among the first casualties of the American Revolution, burned to the ground in the fires that consumed much of Charles-town. Their remains were cleared out and buried as life in Charlestown moved on, the space formerly occupied by the tavern becoming an open market area. Growth and new industry arrived with the new century, and these fragments of the 17th and 18th centuries remained hidden for 200 years.

If you find a site, Cranes Tavern. Knowing our the best thing you can do is past gives us a sense of comfort leave everything in place and notify the MHC. Removing ar- and well being, provides insight tifacts can destroy the context, into who we are today, and helps to point us in the right which is so important to understanding the objects. If you direction for the future. Preserving our past is an important want to get your hands dirty, call a local museum, university, investment in our future.

A bodkin is similar to an oversized needle with a large eye. Women used them to lace up their intricately constructed dresses; fancy bodkins were also sometimes used as hair ornaments. There were also many bones from cows, pigs, and sheep. These bones, combined with the many different shapes of vessels in which they were cooked and which were This man’s dress boot was found in the Mill Pond fill. also recovered, provided a look into the diet of the residents at the turn of the 19th century. In addition to learning what types of meat were common, archaeologists conducted broader studies to understand the nature of markets in early New England and also determined that there may have been a unique regional Boston cuisine developing.

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