A Thames Churchwarden

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A Thames Churchwarden

Post by Hovannes » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:20 pm

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Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:04 am

That would be a fun day! I love stuff like this!


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Re: A Thames Churchwarden

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:19 pm

Very cool!
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Re: A Thames Churchwarden

Post by Steve S » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:37 pm

That's a pretty one. Lucky find, that. Most clay pipes that get unearthed from digs are in several pieces. When she was pulling it out, I was afraid it was going to break!

Down here on the gulf coast, clay pipes (or pieces thereof) are common finds in archaeological digs around the old sites of forts and such. Some of the oldest pipes are really tiny--a testament to when tobacco was very expensive. As tobacco got cheaper, pipes got bigger.

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Re: A Thames Churchwarden

Post by coco » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:19 am

The most common item to find is a clay pipe - usually broken and often sitting right on the surface. These were smoking pipes and were sold pre-filled with tobacco yet, although they could be re-used, they were generally thrown away, especially by the dock workers which explains why there are so many in the river. While that sounds like the equivalent of a modern 'cigarette butt' and not exciting, they date back to the 16th century.
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