Saturday, December 5, 2009

Turtle Soup

Yesterday's blog mentioned some turtle carapace (upper shell) and parapace (lower shell) that the team recovered from the Swann House site. We suspect that these remains are from a meal, turtle soup having been a popular dish in the 18th century. The picture illustrates some of those remains. Unfortunately, there is no scale (we'll try to get better about that...the blog on that possible garter clip also lacked a scale).

April...the teams expert on all things turtle...will attempt an identification from the images that we sent her. If the material appears to be food remains, we will post additional information, including an 18th-century recipe.


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