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kitchen midden

a mound consisting of shells of edible mollusks and other refuse, marking the site of a prehistoric human habitation.
Origin of kitchen midden
1860-65; translation of Danish kökkenmödding Unabridged
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  • Judging from kitchen midden sites-shell mounds-found in the nearby dunes, it was a rich bounty indeed.
  • The kitchen midden contained animal bones, ceramics, and other artifacts.
British Dictionary definitions for kitchen midden

kitchen midden

(archaeol) the site of a large mound of domestic refuse marking a prehistoric settlement: usually including bones, potsherds, seashells, etc
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