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British Clay Tobacco Pipes found in the Chesapeake Bay Region

  • 14 Jul 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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This talk will look at the various different types of British clay tobacco pipe that are found in the Chesapeake Bay region from the early seventeenth century onwards, and examine how the styles
change over time. It will show how the various different forms of bowl and mark can be used to identify the sources of these pipes, thus reflecting the different British ports that were engaging in
transatlantic trade with this part of the New World.

Dr. David Higgins is a British archaeologist with a special research interest in the identification and analysis of clay tobacco pipes. He has spent more than 40 years studying the subject and has
published more than 400 papers on pipes in local, national and international journals, quite a number of which are available on his Academia page ( He has made two study tours to look at collections of excavated material from Maryland and Virginia and written specialist reports on a number of
other pipe groups from the Americas, such as Panama and the Caribbean. Dr. Higgins is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool in the UK and also holds
the following posts:

Chairman of the National Pipe Archive –
Chairman of the Society for Clay Pipe Research –
Secretary of the Académie Internationale de la Pipe –


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