Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Historical Archaeology

First Advisor

David B. Landon

Second Advisor

Christa M. Beranek

Third Advisor

Stephen A. Mrozowski


This zooarchaeology study examines archaeologically recovered faunal remains from the 1859 Dorchester Industrial School for Girls, excavated in 2015 by Joseph Bagley and the City of Boston Archaeology Program. This zooarchaeological data from this study has been combined with a documentary review of extensive school records to form a comprehensive interpretation of localized foodways at the Dorchester ISFG. The Board of Managers, wealthy subscribers, school administrators, and resident girls of the Dorchester ISFG participated in these localized foodways through a strictly regulated diet that followed distinct patterns of consumer choice. The individual and institutional decisions made at the School are reflected in both the remaining faunal assemblage and the extensive documentary evidence, showing an adherence to 19th-century social and dietary reform pressures.


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