This brown salt-glazed jar was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It would have been used for storing food.

Food and eating.
Kitchen facilities in the homes of Little Lon were rudimentary. Few people had ovens or ice chests, so perishable foods were bought fresh daily. Most meals were fried or boiled over an open fire. Families with limited facilities would take their Sunday roasts to a nearby bakery for cooking. Even the poorest residents of Little Lon seem to have eaten a considerable amount of meat. Mutton, beef, rabbit and pork came from the Eastern Market in Bourke Street. Oysters and fish were sold from barrows in Flinders Street. Fresh fruit and vegetables were hawked on the streets by Chinese and Italian vendors.

Physical Description

This is a a salt-glazed jar. It has a rounded lip with an indented neck and flared shoulder. The glaze is a tan colour to below the shoulder and then cream below the shoulder. The shoulder is adorned with a row of impressed circles. There are concentric circles on base.

Physical Description

Rounded lip, cylindrical neck with incised lines and tapered shoulder. Tan colour to below the shoulder and then cream. Shoulder is adorned with a row of impressed circles. Base diameter 80mm, height 140mm.

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