Transferprinted Gastroliths And Identity At Fort Vancouver’s Village


Transferprinted ceramics and other objects ingested by fowl provide unique data on the household production associated with a fur trade center in the Pacific Northwest. Gastroliths are an indicator of the use of avifauna at archaeological sites, specifically of the Order Galliformes. The presence of ceramic, glass, and other gastroliths at house sites within Fort Vancouver’s Village provide evidence for the keeping and consumption of domestic fowl including chickens and turkeys. The presence and concentration of these artifacts, combined with documentary and other evidence, provides clues on household economies in a culturally diverse colonial setting. While ethnic backgrounds of the Villagers included Native Hawaiians, American Indians, French Canadians, English and Americans, the evidence points to shared practices emerging within the Fort Vancouver Village.

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Transferprinted Gastroliths And Identity At Fort Vancouver’s Village. Emily C. Taber, Douglas C. Wilson, Robert J. Cromwell, Katie A. Wynia, Alice Knowles. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434429)


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Spatial Coverage

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 534