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Cup - Earthenware, England, circa 1880 (Reconstructed) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 075674

This reconstructed cup was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was probably manufactured in England.

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.
Large cup - handle missing - 80% complete Blue and white Scene shows people gardening and dancing around maypole This is a large tea cup, with blue and white transfer printing showing activities during the four seasons Ice-skating, maypole dancing,
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 67 mm (Height), 114 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Secondary Classification: Food Service
Tertiary Classification: tea consumption
Activity: Food service
Specific Activity: Tea consumption
Trench Unit Number: 02/22.1/40

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