Archaeologist`s find: pieces of clay pipe

NEWS | Published: 14.8.2012

Smoking spread to Europe during the 16th century and to Finland during the 17th century. Thus the pieces of clay pipe (1) found this summer from the cellar of a large stone house represent the earliest stages of smoking in Finland. During that time smoking was a common activity done by young graduates, after which it spread becoming more and more common amongst all social classes. These clay pipes were imported to Finland; the best were produced in England and the Netherlands. The delicate pipes were easy to break – this is why a large amount of small pieces of clay pipes are often found from archaeological sites. A replica (2) shows how these pipes have looked like when still intact.

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