My research generates data to show which attributes make an earth oven successful and efficient. To answer this question, I built earth ovens of different size, shape, and depth. Athermocouple was used to monitor the temperatures throughout each cooking event. This allowed me to compare the effectiveness of the different ovens using temperature vs. time graphs.The size of the ovens and the quantity of rocks used were extrapolated from archaeological data from three Ohio Hopewell habitation sites: Balthaser Home, Brown’s Bottom #1, and Lady’s Run. By recreating earth ovens of varying shapes, sizes, and depths, I attempt to explain how different combinations of variables affect the efficiency of earth ovens by comparing how these differences are reflected in the archaeological record. My continued research uses data from previous trials to go a step further and predict temperature outcomes of earth ovens.
Horn, Tessa R.
"Cooking with Rocks the Hopewell Way: Experimenting with Earth Oven Efficiency,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2017, Article 2.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2017/iss1/2