Archaeological Objects

Early 1800s

“Investigating the Heart of a Community: Archaeological Excavations at the African Meeting House, Boston, Massachusetts.”

Cultural Resource Management Study No. 22

Figure 5.9

Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research.

University of Massachusetts Boston, page 82.

Original Record

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Pearlware, like this ladle, accounted for about half of the ceramics found in the 2005 archaeological excavation at the African Meeting House. Many of the pearlware were hand painted and date back to before the 1840s. This ladle is green-edge decorated, possibly used for soup or punch. The total amount of ceramics found at the excavation could be a result of the public dinners at the African Meeting House or the tenancy of Domingo Williams.*

 

Questions to Consider

  1. Why do you think archaeologists suggest the pearlware, like this ladle, may be attributed to Domingo Williams?
  2. Are there any places in your life where you gather with friends, family, and your community? If there was an archaeological excavation there 100 years from now, what would archaeologists find?

 

“Investigating the Heart of a Community: Archaeological Excavations at the African Meeting House, Boston, Massachusetts.” Cultural Resource Management Study No. 22 by the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research. University of Massachusetts Boston, pages 79-86.

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