Tag Archives: Pilgrims

The Menu at the First Thanksgiving

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?

Today, Smithsonian Magazine highlights the first Thanksgiving and what exactly was on the menu:

“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.

To learn more about the meal at the first Thanksgiving, see the Smithsonian Magazine Article: “Ask An Expert: What was on the Menu at the First Thanksgiving?

Pilgram Burials from the First Winter

Pilgram Burials from the First Winter.

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.

The particular article looks at the burial practices of those living in Plymouth during the tragic winter of 1620-1621. Check it out: “Pilgrim Burials from the First Winter.”