A Guide to the Artifacts of Colonial America

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University of Pennsylvania Press, May 18, 2001 - History - 323 pages
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Cited in virtually every colonial-era site study of North America, A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America holds a place of honor among historical archaeologists. It is a classic, highly sought-after handbook for the professional archaeologist, museum curator, antiques dealer, collector, or social historian. Though first published more than thirty years ago, Ivor Noel Hume's guide continues to be the most useful and accurate reference on the identification of artifacts recovered from Anglo-American colonial sites.

This edition contains a new preface, updated references, and corrections based on recent scholarship, in addition to the original 102 photographs and line drawings. With a list of forty-three categories, including buttons, cutlery, stoneware, and firearms, collectors and curators of early American artifacts will find this book insightful, informative, and indispensable.

An acclaimed archaeologist and historian, NoŽl Hume understands the interests of both professionals and enthusiasts. He manages to combine out-of-the-ordinary information with a lively presentation. His extensive knowledge and experience make this richly detailed text communicate something beyond the factsóthe reality of other times, places, and cultures.

  

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As a historical archaeologist, this is one of about 5 texts I keep on my desk for handy reference. A fantastic reference guide for early American artifacts. Read full review

Contents

An Alphabetical Guide to the Artifacts
49
BOTTLES Glass Pharmaceutical
75
BUTTONS and SLEEVE BUTTONS
88
CERAMICS British
109
CERAMICS European
138
COINS TOKENS and JETTONS
154
COMBS
174
DRINKING GLASSES and DECANTERS
184
GLASS Window
233
LOCKS and PADLOCKS
243
NAILS
252
RINGS Finger
265
SILVER Marks on English and American
271
TILES Delft and Other Wares
285
TILES Roofing
294
TOYS
313

DRUG POTS JARS and PILL TILES
203
FIREARMS and GUNFLINTS
211
FLOWERPOTS and BELL GLASSES
223
WG CURLERS
321
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Ivor Noel Hume is the former Chief Archaeologist and Director of the Department of Archaeology at Colonial Williamsburg. He is a founding fellow of the American Society of Historical Archaeology. In 1993 he was made O.B.E. for service to British cultural interests in Virginia.

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