Pull Tab Archaeology

An archaeological typology of pull tabs

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Pull tab archaeology is:

  • Pull Tabs
  • Archaeological 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!

Project introduction

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 With new stock from Czech Republic and Germany the totally new ‘European’ design was outdated within the time of a beer or two.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!

We already have over 70 types globally!

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

Join the revolution!

And yes, YOU can join the pull tab archaeology community through this channel, by sending me your pull tabs (or by supporting through Patreon)! We will create this typology together.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.

Pull 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.