Presentation is Everything: Foodways, Tablewares, and Colonial Identity at Presidio Los Adaes

Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman, Diana DiPaolo Loren

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Ceramics and zooarchaeological remains are commonly used as indicators of status and wealth at colonial-period sites, yet colonial expectations with regard to cuisine were often difficult to meet within the rigors of frontier life. In this paper, we juxtapose faunal and ceramic assemblages from Presidio Los Adaes and, informed by ethnohistorical and visual data, investigate how social expectations with regard to foodways were negotiated on the Spanish colonial frontier. While ceramic evidence suggests that tableware varied among households, the zooarchaeological assemblage indicates that Los Adaes residents shared the same basic diet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-226
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012



  • Colonialism
  • Cuisine
  • Foodways
  • Identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology
  • History

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