Summary

These brown and white patterned ceramic sherds were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003. They are part of a groups of 36 fragments which make up three cups. The pattern decorating the cups could be 'Medici' or 'Etruscan vase'.

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 group of fragments would have made up a cup which has a wide bowl with a small base. It also has a circular handle with a thumb hold and stylised floral design. It is decorated with a brown on white transfer printed design. On the inside rim there is a floral design and on the outside body and inside base there are scenic designs. This scene has a vase in the foreground with a castle in the background and trees in the middle.

Physical Description

36 fragments of at least 3 separate cups. Brown on white transfer printed design. Inside rim floral, outside body and inside base scenic designs. Circular handle has thumbhold and stylised floral design. Scene has a vase in foreground with castle in background and trees in the middle. Similar to 48/03/-/09/- and 48/03/-/02/-. Earthenware. Design could be 'Medici' or 'Etruscan vase'

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