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Unlike today, oysters used to be commonly eaten by poorer people, and so are not a high status indicator. While some oyster shells found in Brislington may be souvenirs from the seaside, most would have come from the tidal River Avon as a staple food for the villagers.
Period: Post Medieval (or Modern)
Find spot: Hampstead Road, Brislington, Bristol. ST 612710
Exhibit contributed by Ken Taylor
Text written by Ken Taylor, in 2011
Photographer: Ken Taylor
Acquisition number: 110618a2