SHA Special Publications

Artifact That Enlighten  – The Ordinary And The Unexpected

Edited by Linda Stone, Barbara J. Heath, and Patricia M. Samford 

Most of the artifacts archaeologists uncover are utilitarian and mundane. However, artifacts are sometimes recovered that provide a surprising narrative or present an interpretive conundrum. The articles in this volume share eleven stories of artifacts that enlighten, presenting artifacts of varying types, locales, and periods with engaging stories that illuminate the ways in which historical archaeologists encounter and interpret the past through material things.

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Introduction
Linda Stone, Barbara J. Heath, and Patricia M. Samford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
A Clay Pipe from Springfield: Symbol and Meaning in an Antebellum
Southern Free African American Community
J.W. Joseph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Revolutionary Change?
Barbara J. Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Porringer, Pan or Pipe Stand? Parsing an Unusual 17th-Century Earthenware
Patricia M. Samford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
International Tastes In Gold Town
Megan Rhodes Victor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Philly Dogs
Marie-Lorraine Pipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
A Dutch Pot from the Cradle of Religious Liberty
Richard G. Schaefer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Form or Function? Attempting to Identify a Reason for Decorating Kiln Stilts
Linda Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Diamonds and Triangles: Two Locally-Made Pipes from the 17th-century Chesapeake
Lauren McMillan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Not All Decorated Salt-Glazed Stoneware is German: GR
Medallions on Stoneware made in New York City
Meta F. Janowitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
A Staffordshire Jug from Buenos Aires?
Sandra Guillermo | Teresita Majewski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
One Ordinary Extraordinary Brick
Joan H. Geismar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .