If You Can’t Take The Heat: Archaeology Of A 1760s-1800 New Jersey Out Kitchen

Author(s): Michael J. Gall

Year: 2020


This is a paper/report submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Once ubiquitous, out kitchens were set apart from dwellings to keep cooking fires away from the house during summer months. This separation ensured that uncontrolled fires did not spread to a family’s home. Out kitchens were places where people cooked -often women, clothing was cleaned, tended and mended, and quarter was given to apprentices and free and enslaved laborers. Archaeology at the Manalapan Village House Site in New Jersey offered an opportunity to examine a 1760s-1800 kitchen that was destroyed by fire. Archaeology of crawlspace contents provides insight into structure size, layout, activities and consumer behavior at the moment the blaze grew out of control. This snap-shot in time reveals unrecorded aspects of life for one central New Jersey farming family at the turn of the nineteenth century, broader patterns of regional consumer behavior, and ties between central New Jersey and Delaware Valley cultural traditions.

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If You Can’t Take The Heat: Archaeology Of A 1760s-1800 New Jersey Out Kitchen. Michael J. Gall. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457341)

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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): 494