Cost, quality and value in historical archaeology


This doctoral research program explored three key concepts in nineteenth-century consumerism - cost, quality and value - and the role they play in examining the archaeological material culture of the modern world. It encompassed two primary strands of inquiry: one, a consumption-theory driven study of trade catalogues to analyse the cost and promotion of 19th-century tablewares; and two, a close study of production flaws observed in archaeological sherds. These culminated in a consideration of how these goods may have been valued in their cultural context, and whether archaeologists are well placed to interpret such values.

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Cost, quality and value in historical archaeology. ( tDAR id: 377840) ; doi:10.6067/XCV89C6ZWG

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 151.189; min lat: -33.88 ; max long: 151.218; max lat: -33.844 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Principal Investigator(s): Penny Crook

Record Identifiers

TDAR ID(s): 6819



Administration Note: This project was created in tDAR in 2012 and merged with a companion project in the FAIMS Collection in 2016.

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