Whither The Tavern Pattern?

Author(s): Marley Brown III; Kathleen J. Bragdon

Year: 2018


A rigorous vessel form comparison of two archaeological assemblages in the collections of Plimoth Plantation, those recovered from the Wellfleet tavern site on Great Island, and the Joseph Howland site, located in Kingston, Massachusetts, represented the first careful study of a tavern component in relation to a domestic one.  This paper evaluates the original interpretive framework of that early study, framed in terms of occupational differences of site owners, in view of the changing perspectives that both the ethnography of drinking and the archaeology of feasting have afforded our understading of taverns as critical social centers of colonial communities.  While still functionalist in orientation, newer interpretive approaches highlight the multiple economic and poltical roles that alcohol-based sociability played in the maturation of colonial society.

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Whither The Tavern Pattern?. Marley Brown III, Kathleen J. Bragdon. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441941)


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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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PaperId(s): 446