Archaeological Objects

c. 1800s

Abiel Smith School Digital Catalog

ABS.0192.028, ABS.0192.029, ABS.0192.030, ABS.0192.032, ABS.0192.033, ABS.0192.034, ABS.0192.035, ABS.0192.037

Northeast Museum Services Center


Archaeologists recovered seeds of 35 different types of plants, demonstrating a diverse collection of fruits, nuts, and other vegetation. Some of the most commonly recovered plants include raspberries, apples, mustard, tomatoes, and walnuts. This suggests a well balanced and nutritious diet of a variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, and nuts.*

*Information from “Abiel Smith School Digital Catalog” Northeast Museum Services Center, NPS (2019).

Questions to Consider

  1. What do these seed samples tell us about the eating habits of the community at Smith Court?
  2. What questions do we still have?

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