Artifact of the Month – January 2018
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Glass Whimsies By Philadelphia Glass Workers
Philadelphia workers of the Dyottville Glass Works crafted these whimsical glass pieces in their spare time sometime during the nineteenth century. Archaeologists discovered this glass hat, these glass canes, and this Jacob’s ladder (along with many others) while excavating the factory site as part of a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation project along I-95.
You can read about these artifacts in the archaeological report, entitled, Phase IB/II Archaeological Investigations within the Dyottville Glass Works/William Cramp & Sons Shipyard Site (36PH037) here…, see a video made during the glass works excavation, and check out a 3D reconstruction of the glass works created to interpret the archaeological site.
2014a. “Phase IB/II Archaeological Investigations within the Dyottville Glass Works/William Cramp & Sons Shipyard Site (36PH037),” Digging I95, November 10, 2014,
2014b. “Dyottville Site – Videos,” Digging I95, November 11, 2014, http://diggingi95.com/videos/dyottville-site-videos/.
2014c. “Dyottville – 3D Recreation,” Digging I95, November 14, 2014, http://diggingi95.com/virtual-gallery/dyottville-3d-artifact-scans/.
Empire of Glass, Letter from Philadelphia, by Margaret Shakespeare