‘”very plain plantation fare’”: Zooarchaeological Re-Analysis of the Wing of Offices at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
The Department of Archaeology and Landscapes at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is currently engaged in an extensive re-analysis of the Wing of Offices archaeological collection. The Wing was a dependency of four rooms designed for cooking and other domestic activities. It was added to Jefferson’s octagonal retreat home in 1813 and removed around 1840. As part of this re-analysis, the faunal remains from the Wing are being revisited and re-evaluated. In this paper, we will build on the previous analysis of the Wing faunal materials by adding additional contexts and by exploring what information biomass and extensive butchery analyses can add to the interpretation of food remains at Poplar Forest. The end result is a richer interpretation of the cuisine served to Jefferson, his family, and his guests, as well an expanded understanding of the activities of Jefferson’s enslaved cook Hannah and her assistants in the Wing.
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‘”very plain plantation fare’”: Zooarchaeological Re-Analysis of the Wing of Offices at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Jennifer Ogborne, Dessa Lightfoot. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437299)