The Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House Archaeology Project: Reflections of class, gender, and domesticity in the material culture of the Jacobs family
Author(s): Jessica Goodwin
In 2012, an abandoned well was discovered beneath the porch at the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House in Boise, Idaho. The house, now a part of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, is already a cultural and historical landmark, both for its importance to Boise’s early history and its Basque population. The nearly 16,000 artifacts recovered in 2012 shed light on the house’s earliest occupation by the Jacobs family, from 1864-1907. The material culture of the Jacobs family reflects how they were positioned socially in early Boise, and how they replicated prevalent middle class values related to class and gender roles. Combined with archival research, this data provides important clues about life in Boise and the West in the late 19th century.
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The Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House Archaeology Project: Reflections of class, gender, and domesticity in the material culture of the Jacobs family. Jessica Goodwin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437134)