Beyond the Bar: The Consumption of Alcohol in Productive Spaces

Author(s): Charlotte Goudge

Year: 2018


The study of alcohol consumption has, in recent years, occupied much thought within modern academia. As a material culture, its ability to shed light on many social and economic themes has made alcohol consumption a vital part of human history. Places of consumption such as taverns have offered tantalising allusions to such themes as rebellion, subversion and freedom. However, alcohol consumption was not limited to those specialised spaces alone and was often consumed within the work and production space. Archaeological data from the still house at Betty’s Hope Plantation in Antigua, West Indies suggests that not only was rum produced on the site but alcohol of various sorts was also consumed there. This paper will discuss the archaeological and theoretical implications of alcohol consumption in productive spaces.

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Beyond the Bar: The Consumption of Alcohol in Productive Spaces. Charlotte Goudge. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441943)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 286