Adrian Hugh Oswald M.A. F.S.A.
Publications on the Archaeology
of the Clay Tobacco Pipe, 1949-1997

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Adrian Oswald's interest in the archaeology of the clay tobacco pipe began in his professional capacity as Keeper of Archaeology at the Guildhall Museum after World War II, in a bomb-ravaged City of London ripe for redevelopment. Adrian was quick to recognize the potential of a valuable new dating tool for post-medieval excavation. This record of his writings on the subject over nearly a half century vividly illustrates his unrivalled international authority.

Although papers unrecorded here, whether or not in collaboration with others, may surface at a later date, this bibliography is intended to list all Adrian's known publications that include reference to clay tobacco pipes. These range from the work for which he was most renowned, Clay Pipes for the Archaeologist, through his many reports on pipe bowls recovered in excavations the world over, to his frequent, sometimes brief, but always illuminating contributions to the Society for Clay Pipe Research newsletters. For each entry page numbers, where known, refer to the actual report on pipes so as to show its length. I should appreciate notification of any omissions or errors. In researching titles, a great deal of time was saved by using as a base the entries in Susanne Atkin's Bibliography of Clay Tobacco Pipe Studies, published through the Society for Clay Pipe Research, and those in the indexes of the Society's newsletters. I am also grateful to David Higgins for helpful comments. As some site excavation reports do not get written, it will be seen that a significant proportion of Adrian's intended contributions never saw the light of day and remain in typescript.

In addition to the listed works, countless papers by other authors on the archaeology of the clay tobacco pipe, published throughout the world in the second half of the twentieth century, record their indebtedness to Adrian's 'expert advice', 'unfailing encouragement', 'kind and helpful suggestions', 'identification/dating of the pipes', 'valuable assistance and information' and practically every other expression of gratitude in Roget's Thesaurus.

Finally, it was entirely in keeping with Adrian Oswald's modest nature that he himself should have kept no index of his publications. This bibliography is therefore intended as a permanent record of his study of the archaeology of the clay tobacco pipe, with which his name will always be synonymous.

Richard Le Cheminant
March 2002

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