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Archaeology of Pull Tabs

World Pull Tab Typology Launched

Treklipjes: wereldwijd archeologisch crowdsourcing project

Contemporain archeoloog Jobbe Wijnen lanceert een wereldwijde archeologische typologie van treklipjes. 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. Jobbe Wijnen is in 2018 het burgerwetenschapsproject Pull Tab Archaeology gestart uit onvrede met de ivoren toren mentaliteit van de archeologie.

Pull tabs from Festival Beach, Austin

Awesome shipment sent by Evan Jaworski in the Pull Tab Archaeology project. These pull tabs come from ‘Festival Beach’ Austin, Texas. Evan included a detailed description of the place and context where the pull tabs were found and included a GIS map indicating the area of the finds. And most importantly, Pull Tab Archaeology inspired him a …

Meet Evan Jaworski, from Austin Texas

This was really a nice one! I was contacted a few months ago by Evan Jaworski, from Austin, Texas, a 26 year old G.I.S. specialist and…proud owner of a genuine pull tab collection. It is rare that we encounter people who have their own collection, so I asked if he cared for a video interview. …

Ring Pull or Pull Ring?

This week we got an interesting e-mail from Gareth Stevens who informed us that using the correct historical name for pull tabs is actually quite a tricky thing, especially comparing the US with the UK. As an early metal detectorist – who built his detector himself in the 70s! – he informed us on the …

Meet Evan Jaworski

Meet Evan, Pull Tab Archaeologist from Austin, Texas!In Pull Tab Archaeology we regularly meet people who care about pull tabs. However, those who entertain their own collection and artwork are rare! Evan surely qualifies! Collecting since approximately 2016, he has an extensive collection of statabs, and especially the older ring pulls. You can see some …

Our paper is progressing!

“What if we, against all irony, create an official archaeological typology of ‘pull tabs’? It was this thought which provoked the just as much playful as serious archaeological experiment.” These are the (current! 😉 ) opening lines of an article about our pull tab archaeology project that I have been working on for the last …

Pull Tabs from Puerto Rico

As a swimmer, Charles Steiner sees pull tabs regularly on the beaches around San Juan, and decided to collect al few for our project.

A 6000 year old Neolithic coke can!

“Is this archaeology? I can’t see why it isn’t archaeology!” Archaeologists found a coke can in a 6000 year old silex (flint) mine!

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Berkeley notched bulbhead, by Paolo Sanchez

New Type: the Berkeley Notched Bulbhead!

A new type fell into our mailbox today! Sent by Paolo Sanchez and found a University of California Berkeley campus.  Paolo included a long letter in his shipment, explaining how Berkley is a university with roots deep in the 19th century and points out its involvement in the development of nuclear physics and the Free …

New shipment from the Nelsons

Another cool shipment from Tommy and Jericho Nelson, found at Burma Road outside Twin Bridges, Montana. Both junior archaeologists, as they like to call themselves, have already shipped 3 times before…and usually there are really cool or rare pull tabs within each shipment, like this 1963 ziptop tab on the left, the very first pull …