Refer to these guidelines when filling out the form to submit pipe marks to the database. You may also get an idea of the sort of information people are entering by taking a look at the gallery and map. If you have any questions that we have not answered, please contact Eleanor Breen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please fill out the form as completely as possible with the information you have available. Not all fields will necessarily be applicable to your pipes (e.g. fields like Archaeological Context, Project Name/Number, and Context Date will only be applicable to archaeological finds and not necessarily museum objects). Any information that you are able to input is useful. Of course, the more complete your form, the better!
Location: We do not ask for exact coordinates, as this could be sensitive information. You must provide at least the state and country where the pipe was found. You may provide the city and county if known. If the point was found outside of the United States, please select 'Not USA' for the state.
Context Date/Time Period/Date: We ask for three different dates to cover all of our bases. While some pipes have dates on them, many do not. For these pipes, we must infer a date either from the archaeological context date (Context Date field) or from a broader date range (Time Period field). Because the exact date may ot be known, we ask you to provide a range in decades for the time period and context date.
The Collections Management Committee of the Council of Virginia Archaeologists, the Commonwealth's professional archaeology organization, created Culture Impressed to collect, disseminate, and promote research on marked English tobacco pipes.