The Plymouth Colony Archive Project

Illustrations of Archaeology
at the Parting Ways Site, Plymouth Massachusetts

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These two large earthenware jugs, uncovered at the Parting Ways site, are unlike the housewares typically encountered in other archaeological sites in Plymouth. They are eighteen inches tall and were made of an unglazed, but well-fired, red clay. They are almost identical to some pottery forms produced in West Africa and the West Indies. These jars were most likely made in the West Indies, where containers of this type were known to have been produced and used for storing and shipping tamarind, a cultivated fruit of that region.
tamarind jars from Parting Ways site

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