Cultural Resource Management Study No. 22
Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research.
University of Massachusetts Boston, page 115.
University of Massachusetts Boston
Although turtle appears to have been something that added diversity to the diet rather than a staple, recipes for turtle soup and other dishes have been recovered. This snapping turtle femur has a cut mark on it, shown by the arrow, indicating that this turtle was butchered. The presence of this turtle bone could also be an indication of African American culinary traditions. According to “Investigating the Heart of a Community,” people caught turtles outside of the city during this time.
Questions to Consider
- Does your family have any food traditions that come from your culture or community?
- What kinds of foods are only enjoyed on special occasions today?