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Which glass found on American sites was American made? Archaeological collections as resources for glass research

Author(s): Ian D Simmonds ; Sarah Stroud Clarke ; Brandy Culp ; Suzanne Findlen Hood ; Kelly Ladd-Kostro ; Martha Zierden

Year: 2016

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Summary

How should the curator of the Nathaniel Russell house in Charleston, South Carolina, decide what glass to acquire to better interpret the house for the public?  Can she use Colonial Williamsburg as a guide or is Charleston, as usual, a special case?

Elsewhere, glass scholars have long known that Henry William Stiegel of Manheim, Pennsylvania manufactured fine lead glass, selling it widely, including in Charleston. How can we broaden our understanding of his production and that of his Philadelphia contemporaries?

A first, cursory comparison of archaeological collections at the Charleston Museum and Drayton Hall with those of Colonial Williamsburg was enlightening, revealing both overlaps and significant differences. Some types found only in Charleston suggest a relative openness to imports from Continental Europe, while others might have been American made. Well-documented strong ties between Charleston and Philadelphia encourage the conjecture that these were made by Stiegel or in the Philadelphia area.


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Which glass found on American sites was American made? Archaeological collections as resources for glass research. Ian D Simmonds, Sarah Stroud Clarke, Brandy Culp, Suzanne Findlen Hood, Kelly Ladd-Kostro, Martha Zierden. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434345)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 221

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America