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Shell - Oyster, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 080628

This oyster shell was excavated during one of the digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was found with seven dozen other oyster shells, champagne and Pernot bottles and cow and possibly sheep mandibles.

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.
Half of a large oyster shell. Dimensions 150mm x 90mm. Found in the bottom of a pit with 7 dozen oyster shells, champagne and Pernot bottles and cow and possibly sheep mandibles (see 27/09/-/01/-).
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 38 mm (Height), 47 mm (Width), 90 mm (Length)

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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
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Trench Unit Number: 27/09/02

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