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Sunday, December 24, 2017
Fascinating background material for Regency novelists
The Smithsonian reports an intriguing find in an archaeological site in Cambridge, England.
Nothing less than plates, cups, saucers and cooking and serving material from an eighteenth century coffee house. Yes, from the time of Jane Austen and the Prince Regent.
Archaeologists at the University of Cambridge have published details of a fascinating excavation that turned up some 500 artifacts from an 18th-century British coffee joint. As David Behrens of the Yorkshire Post reports, Clapham’s coffeehouse was located on a site now owned by St. John’s College in Cambridge, and its cellar was packed with the remains of cups, saucers, teapots and other vessels that helped serve up tasty treats to patrons. Researchers have compared the establishment to Starbucks—you know, if Starbucks also served eel and calf’s foot jelly.
Story by By Brigit Katz