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Archaeology and Probate Inventories in the Study of Eighteenth-Century Life

John Bedell
The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Vol. 31, No. 2 (Autumn, 2000), pp. 223-245
Published by: The MIT Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/207143
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

Comparison of probate inventories with the findings of archeological research shows that neither, by itself, gives a complete account of eighteenth-century material culture. Data from excavations and inventory studies in Delaware illustrate how these sources can be used together to gain a better understanding of life. Archaeology provides particularly important data on poor households.

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