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An Archaeology of Nineteenth-Century Consumer Behavior in Melbourne, Australia, and Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Uses archaeological and archival data to examine consumer goods present in both cities and sites

  • Considers local industries and factors limiting their growth particularly in manufacturing

  • Highlights the important role that historical archaeology can play in understanding global interactions during the nineteenth century, in particular when comparing sites inside and outside the British Empire


Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Pamela Ricardi
    Pages 1-11
  3. Pamela Ricardi
    Pages 39-65
  4. Pamela Ricardi
    Pages 67-98
  5. Pamela Ricardi
    Pages 117-139
  6. Pamela Ricardi
    Pages 141-164
  7. Pamela Ricardi
    Pages 165-183
  8. Pamela Ricardi
    Pages 185-193
  9. Pamela Ricardi
    Pages 213-215
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 217-246

About this book


This book compares consumer behavior in two nineteenth-century peripheral cities: Melbourne, Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. It provides an analysis of domestic archaeological assemblages from two inner-city working class neighborhood sites that were largely populated by recently arrived immigrants.The book also uses primary, historical documents to assess the place of these cities within global trade networks and explores the types of goods arriving into each city.


By comparing the assemblages and archival data it is possible to explore the role of choice, ethnicity, and class on consumer behavior. This approach is significant as it provides an archaeological assessment of consumer behavior which crosses socio-political divides, comparing a site within a British colony to a site in a former Spanish colony in South America.


As two geographically, politically and ethnically distinct cities it was expected that archaeological and archival data would reveal substantial variation. In reality, differences, although noted, were small. Broad similarities point to the far-reaching impact of colonialism and consumerism and widespread interconnectedness during the nineteenth century. This book demonstrates the wealth of information that can be gained from international comparisons that include sites outside the British Empire.


archaeological work in the suburbs of Little Lon and San Telmo chronology and spatial distribution of artifacts excavation context including strategraphic data documentary research using primary and secondary sources role of choice, ethnicity and class on consumer behavior

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Archaeology and AnthropologyAustralian National UniversityActonAustralia

About the authors

Pamela Ricardi is a historical archaeologist and visiting researcher in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University, Canberra. She is also a heritage expert with the Australian Government Department of the Environment (Heritage Branch) with over ten years experience in cultural heritage management, in both the private and public sectors. This book is based on research undertaken for her doctoral dissertation at La Trobe University, Melbourne. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title An Archaeology of Nineteenth-Century Consumer Behavior in Melbourne, Australia, and Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Authors Pamela Ricardi
  • Series Title Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contribut.Global Hist.Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-21594-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-21597-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-21595-8
  • Series ISSN 1574-0439
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 246
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
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