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‘Delicious Fathers of Abiding Friendship and Fertile Reveries’: Tobacco and Alcohol Consumption at the Fort Yamhill Company Kitchen, Oregon, 1856-1866

Author(s): Justin Eichelberger

Year: 2014

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Summary

The presence of beverage alcohol containers and smoking pipes recovered from the Fort Yamhill company kitchen is undeniable evidence for the consumption of such indulgence items at this military post. The historical and archival record is not only laden with evidence of this behavior but also suggests that these forts were punctuated by periods of the institutional prohibition concerning the consumption of alcohol while the consumption of tobacco was actively encouraged. The spatial distribution of these indulgence related artifacts within the company kitchen suggests a range of indulgence consumption behavior from clandestine drinking to open smoking. When the spatial distribution of alcohol related artifacts is compared to that of tobacco related items patterns of consumption begin to appear that suggest differing social and institutional levels of acceptance for the consumption of these indulgence items.


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‘Delicious Fathers of Abiding Friendship and Fertile Reveries’: Tobacco and Alcohol Consumption at the Fort Yamhill Company Kitchen, Oregon, 1856-1866. Justin Eichelberger. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437135)


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PaperId(s): SYM-59,10

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