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Message(s) in a Jar: Mason Jars, Archaeological Narratives, and Contemporary Fascinations

Author(s): Kim Christensen

Year: 2015

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Summary

Mason jars, as workhorses of home food preservation beginning in the late nineteenth-century, have functioned both as indicators of social and economic status within archaeological contexts and currently as objects of fascination in the DIY marketplace. This paper parses out the various discourses within which mason jars have been placed historically and contemporarily by their users, promoters, and archaeologists, and seeks to understand how gender, race, class, and nostalgia continue to inform their uses and interpretation.


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Message(s) in a Jar: Mason Jars, Archaeological Narratives, and Contemporary Fascinations. Kim Christensen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433969)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 203

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America