This bone handled fork was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

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.

Physical Description

This is an iron fork with a worked bone handle. One prong of the fork is intact, the other two are broken. The metal is bent and badly deteriorated.

Physical Description

Description for Parent record: Bone handle joined to metal fork-end. One prong intact, two broken. Metal badly deteriorated, bent. Approx 16 cm long. The tines of the fork are iron.

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