Garden produce, mass market goods, and other plant remains from four features at an urban, residential site in Iowa City, 1830-1940

Author(s): Leslie Bush

Year: 2017

Summary

Features identified at The Voxman School of Music Site (13JH1436) were investigated by archaeologists in association with construction of a new building on the University of Iowa campus in downtown Iowa City. Historical documents and artifacts indicate residents of the urban site were comparatively affluent people.

Two privy features produced abundant seeds of familiar fruits such as blackberry, strawberry, grape, elderberry, gooseberry, tomato, bell or hot pepper, and eggplant. Also present were seeds of garden plants such as "strawberry tomatoes" (Physalis species) that are not well-known today. Date fruits recovered from an early twentieth century well correspond to the emergence of southern California as a center of international culture production with the film industry.

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Garden produce, mass market goods, and other plant remains from four features at an urban, residential site in Iowa City, 1830-1940. Leslie Bush. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435579)

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Keywords

Temporal Keywords
1839-1940

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 530