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Identification & Information

Welcome to the Historic Bottle Website!


The Historic Bottle Website has moved permanently to the
Society for Historical Archaeology
(SHA) website! 

The new home page is now at the following URL/link:


SHA logoThe Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) is pleased to be the new web-based home of the Historic Bottle Website.  Since its initial posting in early 2005, the Historic Bottle Website has become a very useful resource to the historical archaeology community.  This makes its location on the SHA website in the new "Research Resources" section particularly appropriate.  The website's public educational emphasis helps the SHA to meet one of its goals:  " promote scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology." 

BLM Logo - Click to go to the BLM HomepageThe BLM benefits by forging a stronger connection to one of the leading professional organizations within the archaeological world.  The move also helps the Department of Interior (DOI) meet recent DOI Inspector General Evaluation Report (#2003-I-0051) recommendations to simplify their web presence, increase security, and control content, while still maintaining a recognizable connection to the Historic Bottle Website


GOAL OF THE HISTORIC BOTTLE WEBSITE:  To enable the user to answer two primary questions about most utilitarian bottles and jars* produced in the United States (and Canada**) between the early 1800s and 1950s, as follows:

1. What is the age of the bottle?  (Bottle Dating)
2. What type of bottle is it? 
(Bottle Identification or Typing)

The above two questions also address what was succinctly articulated in the Intermountain Antiquities Computer System (IMACS) and the nominal purpose of this website, which is “…to provide archaeologists with a manual for a standard approach to arriving at historical artifact function and chronology” (University of Utah 1992).   In addition, this site also assists the user with these questions:

3. What technology, techniques, or processes were used to manufacture the bottle?
4. Where did the bottle come from, i.e., where was it made and/or used?
5. Where can I go for more information on historic bottles?

This website is intended for...

- Field archaeologists trying to identify and date bottles or bottle fragments which are found during cultural surveys and excavations in the United States;
- Educators dealing with the subject of historic archaeology; and
- Bottle collectors and the general public trying to date a bottle, determine what it was used likely for, and/or begin their search for general information on historic bottles.

To access the Historic Bottle Website please click on the following link:

Grouping of Historic Bottles dating between 1840 and 1940.

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Website created and managed by:
Bill Lindsey
Bureau of Land Management -
Klamath Falls, Oregon