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Bottle Corks - Cork, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 62369 3

These four bottle corks were excavated at Casselden Place in 2003. They were used for stopping wine or beer bottles.

Alcohol and Drinking.
There were 15 hotels at Little Lon in 1900. The profusion of beer, wine and spirit bottles revealed in excavations at Little Lon confirms that immense quantities of liquor were consumed. Were the drinkers mainly residents or visitors to Little Lon? Unearthed in the former yard of a 'high-class' brothel was a mass of French wine and champagne bottles. Reformers identified alcohol as a major social problem - 'the cause of crime, disease, insanity, marriage breakdown, poverty'.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 41.0 mm (Height), 15.0 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: bottles, 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
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Activity: DOMESTIC
Specific Activity: BEVERAGE
Lot Area Unit: 41D/3/373

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