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This copper chocolatera (chocolate pot) was recovered from archaeological excavations within the Native American neighborhood at Mission Santa Clara. Though historical records indicate that Spanish colonists imported hundreds of metal and ceramic chocolate pots from Mexico during the colonial period, their use by Indigenous people is not well documented. This find, however, suggests that at least some Native Americans may have had access to chocolate while in residence at the California missions.
For more, see Skowronek and Graham (2016) “Chocolate on the Borderlands of New Spain.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20:645–665.