Pull Tab Archaeology

An archaeological typology of pull tabs

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Pull tab archaeology is:

  • Pull Tabs
  • Science
  • Fun

Hi, my name is Jobbe and I create contemporary archaeologies. In 2014 my colleagues and I had some beers and laughs and imagined a typology of pull tabs (ring pull in the UK) for use in contemporary archaeology digs and for metal detectorists. A REAL typology, but with a grin on our faces to even dare such a ludicrous attempt, because – let’s be honest – most archaeologists and metal-detectorists can’t be bothered… However, the same year and with some help I launched an actual typology vs 1 with pull tabs found in the Netherlands. Intrigued that we collected nine distinctly different types in no-time, we realised there must have existed many more!

Geekiness kicked in, got serious and proved contagious: soon colleagues and friends abroad started to send me new types! Quick updates of the typology followed, but I just couldn’t keep up. With new stock from Czech Republic and Germany the totally new ‘European’ design was outdated within the time of a beer or two. Then a dream emerged and determination grew: we will go global a create a Pull Tab Typology of the World!

2020 World Typology Launched!

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Are you looking for basic information on the history of pull tabs? Check our archaeology page.

Yes, you can join the pull tab archaeology community through this channel, by sending me your pull tabs. And if you really want to support us, buy us a coffee at Patreon. If you help out, you will get a star on the Global Role of Honor and Global Map of Pull Tab Archaeology.


Recent updates

Some news / updates below. See all updates on our news page.

World Pull Tab Typology Launched

Treklipjes: wereldwijd archeologisch crowdsourcing project (Dutch)

[Dutch press release. Contact me for the press release in PDF]

Wageningen, 8-12-2020 – Contemporain archeoloog Jobbe Wijnen lanceert een wereldwijde archeologische typologie van treklipjes. Treklipjes zijn de clipjes op blikjes bier en frisdrank, waarmee je ze openmaakt. De typologie is tot stand gekomen met behulp van zogeheten citizen science (burgerwetenschap) en volledig gecrowdsourced via sociale media. Op een grote poster is het meest complete overzicht van treklipjes ter wereld te zien, met specimen gevonden in de bossen van Canada, de straten van Nigeria, de steppen van Mongolië tot de Killing Fields van Cambodja. Meer dan 70 mensen hebben aan het project bijgedragen, ruim 3300 treklipjes zijn uit 32 verschillende landen toegestuurd en bijna 100 verschillende typen zijn onderscheiden. Wijnen had tevoren niet verwacht zoveel resultaat te boeken voor een object dat pas in 1962 is uitgevonden. Lees verder..

French Fortress part 2

Pull tab hunting in a French fortress (part 1)

The craziest thing i ever bought online

Update 18 – Rare Tab from Twentynine Palms, California

See all updates on our news page.