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Clay pipes turn up in almost every urban excavation and are represented in many collections. The ornamentation and marks on clay pipes can tell us much about where and when they were made, about the political feeling at the time, and also about forgeries and even industrial espionage. These everyday objects used in the 17th to 20th centuries can be accurately dated to within a few years. Thus clay pipes have become a "key fossil" for modern archaeologists and can help considerably in dating the associated finds. In addition the clay pipe provides an important interdisciplinary link between cultural history and the history of crafts, stimulant-taking and archaeology.

KnasterKOPF is the only German-speaking archaeological periodical to specialise on this branch of modern archaeology. Each issue contains research reports, accounts of recent finds in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, book reviews and a list of new literature on clay pipes. Although KnasterKOPF deals predominantly with clay pipes, it also covers general aspects of the history of tobacco and more specific aspects such as porcelain and meerschaum pipes. KnasterKOPF provides a scientific forum for experts as well as amateur archaeologists and historians, as well as collectors.
KnasterKOPF is closely associated with the activities of the German Society for Clay-Pipe Research and appears once a year, normally to coincide with the annual meeting of the Society in April/May. It contains reports on the meetings and research activities of similar groups in other European countries. Abstracts are provided in English, Dutch and French, enabling KnasterKOPF to be read throughout Europe.
KnasterKOPF is produced on behalf of the Hamburg Museum for Archaeology and the History of Harburg, the Helms Museum Hamburg.

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