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The Archaeology of EthnogenesisRace and Sexuality in Colonial San Francisco$
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Barbara L. Voss

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061252

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061252.001.0001

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Tradition and Taste

Tradition and Taste


(p.203) 8 Tradition and Taste
The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis

Barbara L. Voss

University Press of Florida

Household ceramic artifacts at the Spanish-colonial Presidio of San Francisco include two major categories: imported tableware vessels used to serve and consume food, and locally-produced, low-fired earthenware vessels used in food preparation and cooking. This chapter presents the results of ceramic analysis of sherds representing these vessels. Imported ceramics were predominantly Mexican majolica and Mexican galera, with smaller numbers of Bruñida de Tonalá earthenware, Chinese porcelain, and British whiteware. Different waretypes were used for different kinds of vessels: majolica plates and soup plates, galera mugs and bowls; and Bruñida de Tonalá cups and pitchers. Locally produced earthenwares included hand-built unglazed, wheel-thrown unglazed, and wheel-thrown glazed pots, griddles, and bowls. Taken together, the ceramic assemblage indicates that the Presidio of San Francisco settlers pursued aesthetically and technologically conservative material practices that minimized the appearance of differences within the colonial population. This may have contributed to a shared sense of identity, supporting the process of ethnogenesis.

Keywords:   Ethnogenesis, identity, Ceramic analysis, majolica, galera, Bruñida de Tonalá, earthenware, tableware

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