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Keeping it Cool: Investigations Around the Benares Icehouse, Mississauga, Ontario
  • Megan E. Springate
This thesis presents description and analysis of the structure known as the icehouse and associated artifacts from the Benares site (AjGv-30), Mississauga, Ontario. An architectural analysis of this semi-subterranean stone structure indicates that it was constructed by the Harris family as an icehouse in 1857, and modified in the early 1900s. A total of 9,593 artifacts from around this structure were analysed. Following Leone and Potter (1988), connections between material objects, economic ability, and social status are explored. Results indicate that the Harrises' economic ability was compromised by devastating fires in 1855 and 1856. In isolation, this suggests that the Harris family became members of a lower class after the fires; the documentary record, however, indicates that despite financial difficulties, they remained members of the 'country gentry'. Social and economic status, while linked, cannot be considered equivalent. Despite Jouppien's (1980:27) hypothesis, artifact analysis indicates that mean date calculations using sherd frequencies are more accurate than those using minimum vessel counts.
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Megan E. Springate. "Keeping it Cool: Investigations Around the Benares Icehouse, Mississauga, Ontario" (1997)
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