Tales of the Sturgeon in Philadelphia’s Culinary Past

Author(s): Teagan Schweitzer

Year: 2015


When British colonists moved to the Philadelphia area, the sturgeon was one of the few fish species that was familiar to them from their English roots. The availability of this familiar fish surely eased their transition to their new home. Recent excavations in Northeast Philadelphia reveal that sturgeon were still commonly eaten up through the middle of the 19th century. In this paper we will explore the history of the sturgeon in the Philadelphia area from colonial times to the present to shine a light on a fish that has been little researched in terms of its culinary importance in this region up to this point.

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Tales of the Sturgeon in Philadelphia’s Culinary Past. Teagan Schweitzer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434230)


Temporal Keywords
ca. 1740-1770

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 366