Suggested Reading

This page includes a selection of the numerous literary resources interns have used in the past to date and research various artifacts.   This is information that was collected by previous Technicians and the current Lab Supervisor at Ferry Farm.

General Overview (not object specific)

Mescher, Virginia. Dates of Selected Inventions and Occurrences during the Latter Part of the Eighteenth Century and during the Nineteenth Century. Burke, VA: Nature’s Finest, 1994. Print.

Miller, George L., Patricia Samford, Ellen Shlasko, and Andrew Madsen. “Telling Time For Archaeologists.” Northeast Historical Archaeology 29 (2000): 1-22. Print.

Noel, Hume Ivor. A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America. New York: Knopf, 1970. Print.

Object Specific


White, Carolyn L., and Boston University. “One, Two, Buckle My… Knee? Knee , Garter, Girdle, Hat, Stock, and Spur. Buckles from Four Sites in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. United States. 17 Jan. 2003. Paper Presentation.


Jace Graphic Designs, York, PA. Intro to Civil War Bullets: A Beginner’s Guide to Civil War Bullets. Gettysburg, PA: American Souvenirs, 1997. Print.


Adams, Jane F and Lillian S. Albert. “Antique Buttons.” The Concise Encyclopedia of American Antiques. Ed. Helen Comstock. New York: Hawthorn, 1958. 384-402. Print.

McDaniel, John M., and Kurt C. Russ. “Analysis of the Buttons From the Liberty Hall Academy Site Complex.” Quarterly Bulletin: Components of a Metal Button 44.2 (1989): 49-65. Print.


Jones, Olive R., Catherine Sullivan, George L. Miller, E. Ann Smith, Jane E. Harris, and Kevin Lunn. The Parks Canada Glass Glossary for the Description of Containers, Tableware, Flat Glass, and Closures. Revised ed. Ottawa: National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Canadian Parks Service, Environment Canada, 1989. 10-35. Print.

Scharfenberger, Gerard P. “Recent Evidence for Broad Window Glass in Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century America.” Historical Archaeology 38.4 (2004): 59-72. Print.


Egloff, Keith, and Deborah Woodward. First People: the Early Indians of Virginia. 2nd ed. Charlottesville: University of Virginia in Association with the Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources, 2006. Print.


Light, John D. “A Field Guide To The Identification of Metal.” Studies in Material Culture Research. By Karlis Karklins. Tucson, AZ: Society for Historical Archaeology, 2000. 3-19. Print.


Nelson, Lee H. Nail Chronology as an Aid to Dating Old Buildings. Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1968. Print.

Tobacco Pipe

Ayto, Eric G. Clay Tobacco Pipes. Aylesbury: Shire Publications, 1979. Print.