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