Hartley suggests that she carefully expose the object with a chopstick, which reveals a grooved surface. Further cleaning with a soft-bristle brush shows the object to be the broken remains of a Moravian tobacco pipe bowl.
Hartley, Old Salem's director of archaeology, has been teaching the techniques of archaeology for 25 years, ever since he was asked to lead a field school at Old Salem in 1983. His work has, colleagues say, been critical to historical research and preservation in the area. And, as Hartley says, understanding the past and its people helps understand people today.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
It's About the People