Archaeological research at New Philadelphia, Illinois, the mid-nineteenth century site of the first town planned in advance and legally registered by an African American, has revealed a remarkable wealth of material remains. While a good deal of research has been carried out on artifacts ranging from ceramics to faunal remains, this study contributes to this multi-year, collaborative project by providing a comprehensive analysis of glass artifacts. This project is a result of my experience as a field school participant at the site. Through a discussion of glass artifact frequency across the site, including its distribution, types of glass recovered, and manufacturing techniques present in the artifacts, I hope to understand when these artifacts were deposited and where they originated from. The resulting study sheds light on the overwhelming presence of late nineteenth and early twentieth century glass artifacts which post-date the McWorter era, opening the potential for future research into this time period and providing further evidence for New Philadelphia's continued existence long after its legal status as a town ended.
"New Windows on the Past: An Analysis of Glass Artifacts from New Philadelphia, Illinois,"
African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter: Vol. 14
, Article 22.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/adan/vol14/iss4/22