Gastroliths, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (Agency : U.S.), Economic anthropology, Food habits
Transfer-printed ceramics and other objects ingested by fowl provide unique data on the household production associated with a fur-trade center in the Pacific Northwest. Gastroliths are an indicator of the use of avifauna at archaeological sites, specifically those of the order Galliformes. The presence of ceramic and glass gastroliths at house sites within Fort Vancouver's village provides evidence for the keeping and consumption of domestic fowl, including chickens and turkeys. The presence and concentration of these artifacts, combined with documentary and other evidence, provide clues about household economies in a culturally diverse colonial setting. While ethnic backgrounds of the villagers included native Hawaiian, American Indian, French Canadian, English, and American, archaeological and archival evidence points to shared practices emerging within Fort Vancouver Village.
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Final publication is available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41636-019-00166-y.
Published as: Taber, E. C., Wilson, D. C., Cromwell, R., Wynia, K. A., & Knowles, A. (2019). Transfer-Printed Gastroliths: Fowl-Ingested Artifacts and Identity at Fort Vancouver’s Village. Historical Archaeology, 53(1), 86–102.