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Alsatian Foodways in 19th Century Texas: A Faunal Analysis of Remains from the Biry House Excavations

Author(s): Heather L Seltzer

Year: 2017

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Summary

The Jacob Biry House in Castroville, Texas was a multi-generational household occupied by Alsatian immigrants and their descendant community. The faunal remains from one feature, a lime slaking pit, were analyzed to determine the subsistence practices and foodways of Alsatian descendants who occupied the house in the 1920s. The specimens were analyzed and compared to Binghamton University’s comparative collection and published zooarchaeological texts to identify species and elements. Techniques and practices of butchering and cooking were explored by examining cut marks and evidence of heat treatment on the animal bones. Socioeconomic status was analyzed by looking at meat costs of the time. Results indicate that residents purchased meat from markets located within Castroville, while also raising animals on their property. 


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Alsatian Foodways in 19th Century Texas: A Faunal Analysis of Remains from the Biry House Excavations. Heather L Seltzer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435550)


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20th Century


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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): 147

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