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Sarah Ingram


Dr. Barry Gaulton

Research Statement

My research will explore how the archaeological remains associated with the Kirke tavern in Ferryland can reveal information regarding tavern activities, the proprietors behind them, and the Kirke tavern’s place in a tradition of taverns and tippling houses in seventeenth-century British North America. Artifacts typically uncovered in these contexts indicate that taverns were not just a place of drinking, but also one of social interaction, networking, and relaxation. The clay tobacco pipes, gaming pieces and cooking and serving vessels reveal that other activities were present at the Kirke tavern. The glass bottles and ceramics help archaeologists distinguish what types of wares would have been used in a tavern setting, and to some extent where they originated from, helping to determine the social interaction, socioeconomics, and the trading networks behind these consumption patterns.