Binford pipe stem dating
And just like the mariners of the 16In the 1950s J. Harrington studied the thousands of pipe stems excavated at Jamestown and other colonial Virginia sites, noticing a definite relationship between the diameter of the pipe stem bore—or hole—and the age of the pipe of which it had been part.
Louis Binford later devised a mathematical formula to refine Harrington’s method (Deetz 19).
Centuries – giving us the greatest variety in designs.
As the 1800s rolled around, pipe smoking came roaring back in the form of highly decorative pipes.
This dating technique only applies to pipe stems manufactured in England between approximately 15.
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Subsequently, the mariners who traveled back-and-forth between the Americas and Europe soon took up the habit and passed it along to the ports they visited around the world.
I mean, let’s face it, nothing screams high class like snorting some pulverized tobacco through one’s nostril!
Just by looking at a pipe, I begin to imagine the type of person that would have smoked it– their social lot in life, political leanings, sense of humor, and other quirky attributes.