Thanksgiving is the quintessential American Holiday that we all learned about as school children – perhaps even acted in the play! However, it is also a controversial holiday for many reasons, not only the political implications but the historical ones. What exactly happened during the first celebration?
“Wildfowl was there. Corn, in grain form for bread or for porridge, was there. Venison was there. These are absolutes.” – Kathleen Wall
Still, additional ingredients present at the meal are more of an ‘educated guess’ based on the available foodstuffs at the time. Historians have based their assessments on primary sources as well as archaeological remands – specifically using palynology.
A wonderful assessment of the tragedy suffered by the Mayflower Pilgrims and their first winter in America. If you have not yet read “Bones Don’t Lie,” a great blog on osteology, archaeology, and anthropology, it’s a must! Even those with the most lay knowledge will gain a greater appreciation of mortuary analysis.