Guidelines for Recording Clay Tobacco Pipes

The following guidelines for recording clay tobacco pipes were developed by Dr. David Higgins and Dr. Peter Davey at the University of Liverpool during the 1980s and 1990s and published in 2004.  In citing this work the published reference is as follows: -


Higgins, D. A. & Davey, .P J., 2004, ‘Appendix 4: Draft guidelines for using the clay tobacco pipe record sheets’ in S D White, The Dynamics of Regionalisation and Trade: Yorkshire Clay Tobacco Pipes c1600-1800, The Archaeology of the Clay Tobacco Pipe, XVIII, British Archaeological Reports (British Series 374), Oxford, 487-490 (567pp).


bullet Guidelines for Recording Clay Tobacco Pipes (PDF)


These guidelines are intended to be adaptable according to the particular nature and circumstances of the material being recorded.  For example, a column for fabrics can be included if there is variation within the group, and additional columns can be added for Small Finds numbers, sieved samples, photographs, etc, as required.


Click the link below for details of the Recording Form Template.


bullet Recording Form Template


A description of how this system was used in Yorkshire, including examples of completed forms, is also available: - 


bullet Case Study of Clay Tobacco Pipes Recorded in Yorkshire