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Identifying Glass Artifacts


This webinar in the Arizona Preservation Webinar Series offered an overview of the evolution of glass bottles and other containers during the late historical period (approximately 1865–1972). Glass bottles and metal cans are widely considered as the most frequently found artifact types on archaeological sites in Arizona. Referred to as the “Baby State” in the past, Arizona's rural and urban landscapes began to take form after the American Civil War. Several communities in Arizona were involved in the production of glass containers for distribution throughout the territory. Following the establishment of transcontinental railroads and connecting branch lines post-1880, bottles and glass containers were transported from numerous factories across the nation. This webinar aimed to assist in dating “utilitarian” bottles and other containers by recognizing specific bottle characteristics and identifying manufacturer marks and other distinctive features.

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Identifying Glass Artifacts
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