The Welches’ Windows: Exploring Window Glass Analyses

Author(s): Alexandra Martin; Sharon Finley

Year: 2018


Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor history museum in Portsmouth, NH with over 40 historic houses, most of which are original to the neighborhood. In 2015 we excavated at the Yeaton-Walsh House (c. 1803) in advance of rehabilitation work through the museum's Heritage House Program. The house was built as a rental duplex but was later converted to a single family home. Among its residents were the Welches, an Irish immigrant family whose 50+ years as tenants, and later homeowners, encompassed various updates to the household, including repairs after a fire. A midden along the rear foundation yielded thousands of shards of window glass. We will describe our investigation and evaluation of various approaches to deriving historical information from the glass, including the possible determination of dates of manufacture and the potential identification of correlations between window replacement and known events in the social and architectural history of the house.

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The Welches’ Windows: Exploring Window Glass Analyses. Alexandra Martin, Sharon Finley. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441556)

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Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 958