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Jar - Glass, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 071716

This turquoise glass bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured using a two piece mould with a separate base and it was probably used for storing pickles.

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.
Turquoise colour jar. 2 piece mould, base separate, 2 piece finish, laid on ring, free blown neck, knob above shoulder, sloping shoulder, square body chamfered corners, flat resting point and domed basal profile with vent mark. Seam of mould runs down to edge of seperate base part. Body, embossed floral/geometric design, shoulder to base. Base 73 x 75mm, height 280mm.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 225 mm (Height), 70 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width=Diameter

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Tagged with: 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: container - food - pickles
Trench Unit Number: 27/22/45
Inscriptions: None
Manufacturer: 1850-1880

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