During the summer of 2011, I had the privilege to intern with the Archaeology Lab at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
|George Washington's Mount Vernon.|
During the 1600s, a typical meal in a colonial home consisted of ingredients that were mixed together and cooked in one pot, then eaten out of simple, plain, shared vessels. However, a cultural shift occurred during the first few decades of the 1700s that emphasized a more elite style of dining and a wish to showcase food, leading to an explosion in the variety of dining objects. For my project this summer, I gathered data on these specialized vessel and utensil forms from six different museum sources, an analysis of which shows that the highest variety in dining object forms occurs during the 1750s.
|Porringer with Rococo shell motif, excavated from Mount Vernon’s |
South Grove Midden site, ca. 1740-1775.