‘Superior Quality’: Exploring the nature of cost, quality and value in historical archaeology

Author(s): Penny Crook

Year: 2008


This dissertation represents an exploration of three key concepts in nineteenth-century consumerism: cost, quality and value. Broadly conceived as an archaeology of consumption, it evaluates the role these concepts play in approaching the archaeological material culture of the modern world. It interweaves two primary strands of inquiry: one, a consumption-theory driven study of trade catalogues to analyse the cost and promotion of 19th-century tablewares; and two, a close study of production flaws observed in archaeological sherds. These culminate in a consideration of how these goods may have been valued in their cultural context, and whether archaeologists are well placed to interpret such values.

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‘Superior Quality’: Exploring the nature of cost, quality and value in historical archaeology. Penny Crook. Doctoral Dissertation. La Trobe University, Archaeology Program, School of Historical & European Studies, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. 2008 ( tDAR id: 377841) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8CZ36G3

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 151.189; min lat: -33.88 ; max long: 151.218; max lat: -33.844 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Principal Investigator(s): Penny Crook

Record Identifiers

TDAR ID(s): 6819

FAIMS ID(s): repo.fedarch.org/project/6819


Administration Note: This project was created in tDAR in 2012 and merged with a companion project in the FAIMS Collection in 2016.

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