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A large part of the research on clay pipes has dealt with the identification of marks with which makers identified their product.

Some suggested that all the pipes could be contemporary and different forms were intended for sale to different markets.

The collection of about 40 pipe bowls dated from the early 17th century to late 18th century and represented a good cross-section of undecorated pipe forms.

Clay tobacco pipes (‘CTP’) are a ubiquitous find on post-medieval sites yet are often ignored by archaeologists focussing on earlier periods.

A tobacco pipe, often called simply a pipe, is a device specifically made to smoke tobacco.

It comprises a chamber (the bowl) for the tobacco from which a thin hollow stem (shank) emerges, ending in a mouthpiece (the bit).

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