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Bottle - Rice Wine, Ceramic, China, circa 1880 (Reconstructed) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 080395 1

This is reconstructed ceramic rice wine bottle is made up of a group of 65 fragments that were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003. It is of Chinese origin.

Uncovering past food practices.
Of all the archaeological material uncovered in the Little Lon excavations, the remnants of eating and drinking are the most numerous. Broken plates, bowls, cups and cutlery were thrown into rubbish piles with smashed jars that once held jam and pickles, and jugs that held water or cordial. Shells from oysters, abalone and coconuts were tossed in with bones from mutton, beef, rabbit and pork. Pips and seeds from fruit and vegetables were also added to the piles. These objects offer clues to the food consumed by residents of Little Lon, and are important in the rediscovery of a people, place and time long vanished.
Description for Parent record:
65 pieces of Chinese rice wine flask. Dark brown glaze on the outside, brown slip on the inside. This has now been reconstituted and is perhaps 80% complete.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 173 mm (Height), 132 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Tagged with: glasbow, making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: food storage
Trench Unit Number: 24/17/10

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