This opinion piece is a brief discussion of documentary and graphic sources, such as cookbooks, works of fiction, advertisements, and genre paintings, available to archaeologists for use in interpreting food-related artifacts and faunal materials from 19th-century domestic deposits. At that time American society experienced a surge in print and visual media that shaped the consumption and preparation of new foods. The scale of influence a particular form of media has on consumers varies in relation to the time sensitivity of the media.This article considers the range of sources that exist and suggest a comprehensive approach to the analysis of archaeological assemblages that includes potential short- and long-term media influences on consumers.
Pipes, Marie-Lorraine and Janowitz, Meta F.
"Op-Ed: The Influence of New Technologies, Foods, and Print Media on Local Material Culture Remains in Nineteenth-Century America,"
Northeast Historical Archaeology:
42, Article 6.
Available at: http://orb.binghamton.edu/neha/vol42/iss1/6