FOOD FOR THOUGHT LUNCHEON LECTURE (IN PERSON)
Decades of archaeological excavation in the colonial city of Charleston, particularly at its historic house museums, demonstrate the importance of cattle in the local economy and in the local diet. Animal remains are among the most common artifacts retrieved from beneath modern Charleston. Faunal samples from urban sites and those from rural coastal South Carolina suggest that cattle thrived in the Lowcountry and soon became the colony’s first profitable export. Join Charleston Museum curator of historical archaeology, Martha Zierden, for a closer look at the history of Charleston’s cattle industry and what cutting-edge technology is being used to trace the sources and impacts of it.