Forks, Knives, and Spoons: Analyzing Unprovenienced Tablewares from Eighteenth Century Spanish Shipwrecks

Author(s): Olivia L. Thomas

Year: 2018

Summary

The early eighteenth century saw many changes in the New World Spanish colonies. As Spain's new Bourbon monarch instituted many reforms in Iberia, trade regulations and colonial systems profoundly affected the colonists in the Americas. The seafaring community was a sort of bridge between these two worlds, and thus a place of cultural exchange. Items for trade, or those utilized by crewmembers and passengers, would have reflected various preferences in style, material, and form, that may indicate the origin, destination, and purpose. This paper examines unprovenienced tableware artifacts, from the State of Florida's Bureau of Archaeological Research collections, attributed to two shipwrecked eighteenth century Spanish fleets to expand the knowledge base of colonial maritime life, trade, and foodways.

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Forks, Knives, and Spoons: Analyzing Unprovenienced Tablewares from Eighteenth Century Spanish Shipwrecks. Olivia L. Thomas. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441624)

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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