Dating kaolin pipe stem holes datingsite in greece
The opening scene of the first episode of actor and author Mackenzie Crook’s comedy TV series Detectorists is set in a plowed field somewhere in Essex, England. (Some context here: What he’s found is typically called here in the States a “pop tab” or “pull tab” or, as Jimmy Buffett styled it, “Stepped on a pop top. Had to cruise on back home.” Tizer is a British red-colored, citrus soda.) Andy: What do you do with ’em? A friend, who is a birding authority, was visiting, so my wife and I ventured out with her to several of the nature preserves that dot the North Fork.Our heroes Andy and Lance are working the field with metal detectors, rhythmically swinging them back and forth while listening through headphones for telltale pings signaling metal in the ground. They vary greatly in quality but the impulse behind them is praise worthy.So I worked from the crude measurements I had taken. The 3.3 mm hole diameter shown in the picture above is slightly less than 0.13 inches. And of course their range is much broader than the decade, or decade and a half, during which pop tops were torn from soda cans and discarded like so many cigarette butts. I wasn’t picking up cigarette butts, I was bird watching.Though pipe bowls are also used in the dating process, pipe stem fragments are apparently go-to artifacts partly because these pieces are often found in staggering numbers (stem fragments were so plentiful in colonial times they were sometimes used as ballast in ships; one path in Williamsburg was “paved” with some 12,000 stem fragments) and complete bowls are relatively rare. Lance suddenly stops, drops to the ground, digs out an object which he inspects with a jeweler’s loupe. Armed with binoculars, which I couldn’t raise to look high in tree canopies, I went birding.
In the next youngest time period (1650 – 1680), only 25% are 8/64ths of an inch. Only that this pipe stem probably dates from the 1600s, and possibly from the first half of that century. Andy: Broken bits of pipe, you know, that people used to .
The graph can be read as follows: in the 1650 – 1680 time range (second from the bottom), Harrington found that 57% of the holes were 7/64ths of an inch wide, another 25% were 8/64ths of an inch wide, and the remaining 18% were 6/64ths of an inch wide.
Were the average bore hole size of a cluster of fragments from an undated site to fall somewhere within these sizes, it was a good bet the site was probably from the 1650 – 1680 time period.
For a couple of reasons, the Detectorists came to mind this past summer while I was on vacation at the North Fork of Long Island, New York.
That exchange captures the gently mocking, almost self-deprecating humor of this superb series.