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Jar - Stoneware, circa 1860-1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 074611

This brown salt-glazed jar was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It would have been used for storing food.

Food and eating.
Kitchen facilities in the homes of Little Lon were rudimentary. Few people had ovens or ice chests, so perishable foods were bought fresh daily. Most meals were fried or boiled over an open fire. Families with limited facilities would take their Sunday roasts to a nearby bakery for cooking. Even the poorest residents of Little Lon seem to have eaten a considerable amount of meat. Mutton, beef, rabbit and pork came from the Eastern Market in Bourke Street. Oysters and fish were sold from barrows in Flinders Street. Fresh fruit and vegetables were hawked on the streets by Chinese and Italian vendors.
Stoneware salt-glazed jar - storage. Rounded lip, indented neck and flared shoulder. Tan colour to below the shoulder and then cream. Shoulder is adorned with a row of impressed circles. Concentric circles on base. Base diameter 80mm, height 140mm.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 139 mm (Height), 79 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width= Diameter

More information

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: Food vessel, utilitarian, bung jar.
Trench Unit Number: 19/42/36
Inscriptions: None
Manufacturer: 1860s - 1880s

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