This wooden spoon is decorated with burned marks and was obtained by Dr. and Mrs. H. Veazie Markham, medical missionaries of the East Congregational Church. They were appointed to Angola and served there from 1927 to 1939.
Wooden spoons were one of the earliest eating utensils created by humans, dating back to the Paleolithic Era over 2 million years ago. They have served an important role in many cultures throughout history including in ancient Egypt where they have been found buried in tombs. Young females in Scandinavia would accept carved wooden spoons from their boyfriends to display on their walls as a sign they were in a relationship. Wooden spoons were even brought over on the Mayflower with early American settlers.
Discovery Kit: Foodways (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.