Bones and Barbeques: A Zooarchaeological Study of Alsatian Foodways at Castroville, Texas

Author(s): Alex D Velez

Year: 2017

Summary

Emigrating from Alsace, a contested border region, to the contested frontier of Texas, many Alsatians had to adjust to life in the American West. This included maintaining their identities as Alsatians in the face of a changing landscape, which manifested through different ways in quotidian life, including choices in food. Through Number of Identified Specimen counts, researchers use faunal assemblages associated with habitation sites to identify patterns of the frequency with which various faunal taxa were consumed by groups of humans. I apply this methodology to a site associated with an Alsatian immigrant household from the mid-19th to the late 20th century within historic Castroville, Texas. Ultimately, I will examine subsistence patterns such as butchery marks and meat choice to ascertain aspects of identity such as class and consumption over time.

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Bones and Barbeques: A Zooarchaeological Study of Alsatian Foodways at Castroville, Texas. Alex D Velez. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435331)

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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): 225