University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Teagan Schweitzer

The Turtles of Philadelphia’s Culinary Past

An Historical and Zooarchaeological Approach to the Study of Turtle-based Foods in the City of Brotherly Love ca. 1750 –1850

By: Teagan Schweitzer

“Oh! That turtle soup! How it sticks to the ribs and how it leaves a taste in the mouth that one wishes could be perpetual.” (Anonymous, “The Turtle Club,” The Caterer, December 1900) Such descriptions were once typically associated with turtle soup consumption, a long-standing epicurean delight in both England and the United States during […]