Binford pipe stem dating
I’ll give you a brief history and idea of how pipe stem dating works. Harrington noted that imported English white clay tobacco pipe stem fragments change over time in a measurable manner, following the basic trend of decreasing bore (the hole where one would suck smoke through) diameter from the 17Harrington’s pipe stem periods.
Basically, it all started in Colonial Williamsburg in the 1950s, as most things in historical archaeology do. From Harrington 1954: “Dating Stem Fragments of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Clay Tobacco Pipes.” Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia 9(1):10-14.
As a post-modern archaeologist, I hope to show that applying formulas and predictive models to people in different and wide geographic areas is ridiculous and useless.
Well, the last thing that happened this week was on Friday, when I was up at Stratford visiting UMW’s field school.
The wood would have most likely been used to prevent slipping on wet brick.
The Palmer-Marsh House has one of the three known 18 century cellars in Bath, which includes ours and one that Stan South dug in the 1960s in the yard of the P-M House.
Now that we have a large portion of the cellar wall exposed, it appears that the foundation of the building was in Flemish bond; and as all you good preservationists know, that’s the fanciest bond.
My initial thoughts on this are that because it is right on Front Street, right in front of the first port in North Carolina and that most of the visitors to Bath were merchants, this was a way of advertising to the rest of the world that Bath was a cool place to live.
Adventures in the Field: Archaeology at Historic Bath, NC is a series of posts about Lauren’s experiences as a TA at East Carolina University’s summer 2009 archaeology field school in Bath, NC. Week four was defined not by new archaeological discoveries on the site, but by new methodological and interpretive breakthroughs.
We got down almost to the bottom of the stairs this week, which is very exciting.
I won’t expand on these right now, other than to say that they are loosely based on Binford’s, are much more confusing and are rarely used.
The goal of my thesis is to determine which of these methods, if any, are the most accurate and reliable.Also, we have been informed that there are steps similar to ours in the Palmer-Marsh House, a 1750s house located on the other side of town.