Detail View: TJF Collection: Tobacco Pipe Stem and Base

Component of: 
Mulberry Row Artifacts
Work date: 
1750-1800, c.
Description: 
Pipe fragment found during the excavation of Building o. Maker's mark on the heel reads "W." J.C. Harrington, a pioneer in historical archaeology, discovered in the 1950s that stem bore diameters of early 17th to early 19th century European- made tobacco pipes decreased over time in a patterned and predictable way. Since his discovery, archaeologists have used this pattern of change to date historical sites, which typically produce tobacco pipe fragments in large numbers. The bore diameter of this fragment is 4/64ths, a size most common during the period ca. 1750- 1800.
Rights owner: 
Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
Rights: 
Use only with permission
Department: 
Archaeology
Image or work: 
image
Original analog format: 
Positive transparent film
Parent file name: 
Archae1-0001
Parent file format: 
jpeg
Parent file dimension: 
350
Parent file size: 
255 KB
Title: 
Tobacco Pipe Stem and Base
What: 
MONTICELLO -- Archaeology
What: 
MONTICELLO
What: 
OBJECTS -- Archaeological Artifacts
What: 
OBJECTS