You are commenting using your Google account. Highlighted Case Study Sasieni Again, there appears to be a cross-over with the old style forked tail and the later forked tail P's below. You have recovered sixty-three pipe stem fragments from Verysignificantsite. Regional typologies are useful if they exist for the study area, but can be variable in terms of the quality of the bowl form drawings and accuracy of the dates attributed to them. But spend enough time for people of Devon, reveal more. Moulded marks or pattern numbers on the sides of the stem were introduced around the middle of the nineteenth century and became the most widespread and common form of marking thereafter.
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Pipe stem dating
There are always exceptions but, in broad terms, stems can usually be allocated to one of three general date ranges by assessing their form, stem bore, fabric and finish. This feature is usually only found on bowls with cut rims and mostly on pipes dating from the eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries, although it is also found on better quality pipes of a later date. The clay pipe stem shrank or expanded from being in the ground so long. Stem bores can, however, be used for distributional plots or as bar graphs to show changing site use over time. It also cleared any dottle that had reattached itself to the inside of the bowl when the moulding wire was being withdrawn, thus ensuring a free airway for the finished pipe. Bowl forms become quite large with thin walls and relatively tall bowls. Or are there other reasons that could account for the decrease in bore diameter?