Dating colonial pipes

by  |  14-Nov-2019 11:00

Those inventive people decided they could make smoking devices for their personal use, which they did, and later made more to send back to the New World for trade and to sell. There is much unknown information about just when and where the first clay smoking pipes were molded in Europe and in America.

About five hundred years ago, when the Europeans began exploring the Americas, (or as they were called at that time - the New World), they found the indigenous people smoking tobacco leaves in their ceramic and stone pipes.

When these early adventurers returned to Europe, they took both tobacco and the smoking instruments to show their fellow countrymen.

The kaolin tobacco pipe is one of the most useful artifacts that might be encountered at historical archaeological sites, for their short use-life and easily recognizable stylistic evolution provide valuable dating cues (Nol Hume 1969; Oswald 1951).

Clay pipes were first developed in the early 17th century and were in use into the late 19th century.

Impressed into clay tobacco pipes are bits of data that have fueled endless research avenues since the earliest days of archaeology on historic sites excavated on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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