Historic Ceramic & Glassware Type Collection Passaic River, New Jersey & Southwest Ecuador

Passaic River Ceramic Collection

This collection represents ceramics obtained from multiple surface collections ( 2001-2006) conducted along the Passaic River in the Chatham/Summit, NJ area. The Passaic River, beginning in the late 18th century, was highly significant in the early industrial development of New Jersey. It was also an early source of hydropower, resulting in the early emergence of the area as the center of industrial mills. Over the decades, the area faced a rapid decline of industrial activity. Numerous areas of flood plains were transformed in the late twentieth century into local parks. Surface scatters of historic materials have been heavily impacted by the use of the parks by local residents. Nevertheless, the history of the river can still be discerned through the range of ceramics and glassware visible. The majority of these artifacts date from the late eighteenth century to the mid 1950s. The results of the analysis of the ceramics and glassware reflect the history of the river.

Passaic River Glassware Collection

Glassware obtained from multiple surface collections from 2001-2006 along the Passaic River in the Chatham/Summit, NJ region.

Ecuador Ceramic Collection

This collection represents historic ceramic materials obtained during settlement pattern survey in El Azucar Valley, Ecuador, 1986-1988 (for more information see Masucci 1992).

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