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One of the ‘TD’-embossed pipes stands out from the other examples and with the flat trimmed rim of the pipe bowl appears to be of British manufacture.

If indeed British, the pipe is likely to have been made from white ball clay, deposits of which are indigenous to Dorset and Devonshire in southwest England.

siècle sont particulièrement intéressantes du point de vue esthétique et chronologique.

Il y a une quarantaine d’année, Paul Ozanne démontrait la sensibilité chronologique de ces pipes de fabrication locale en développant un modèle de sériation qui est toujours utilisé comme méthode de datation des dépôts archéologiques sur tout le territoire ghanéen.

An example is seen in Isert’s tale of meeting the ruling chiefs at Ada, where two individuals are depicted smoking long stemmed pipes while seated in the middle of a palaver (Isert in Winsness1992: 46).

Chiefs and other dignitaries are also portrayed holding tobacco pipes in Bowdich’s famous artistic rendition of greeting the Asantehene in Kumasi (Bowdich 1966[1819]).

That the pipes discussed here were used for smoking tobacco seems to be beyond doubt, for no such pipes have been found in a pre-European context.

The emergence of white clay pipes with the initials ‘TD’ dates back over 200 years and by some accounts has been correlated possibly with the London pipe maker Thomas Dormer who, along with his sons, produced pipes from the mid-1750s until about 1780.

Decades later, ‘TD’-marked pipes came to stand for a generic style and not for the actual pipe maker.

An analysis of the assemblage from the well stratified site of Dawu lead Thurston Shaw to make the first attempt at defining a pipe typology and establishing a seriation for the site, although he noted “no such classification or development was immediately apparent” (Shaw 1961: 11).

Not to be deterred by these results, Ozanne examined the large collections the Department of Archaeology and the National Museum of Ghana had acquired, numbering between fifteen hundred and two thousand pipes.

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