Archaeological Objects

ca. 1830-1890

Abiel Smith School Digital Catalog

Printed piece: ABS.0189.001

Blue piece: ABS.0244.001

Northeast Museum Services Center, National Park Service

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These two gaming pieces were likely fashioned from broken pieces of ceramic dishes or plates. Children would have used these gaming pieces for a variety of games they played in their free time.*

*Information from “Abiel Smith School Digital Catalog” Northeast Museum Services Center, NPS

 

Questions to Consider

  1. What insight do we gain from learning about students’ social life at the Abiel Smith School?
  2. If archaeologists conducted a dig around your school, what gaming pieces might they find?

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