Artifact Focus: Milk Bottle

Last week, the archaeologists of Group One discovered an embossed glass bottle fragment. ANTH 60a student Savannah Bishop did some research and reports her findings here:

This past Friday September 18th at the McGrath Farm Archaeological Dig, an interesting find was unearthed. At the site of the potential bunkhouse (Operation 1), Group One of the undergraduate students discovered a piece of clear bottle with distinct embossed letters raised on its exterior.

Embossed glass sherd discovered in Unit 104 (Op. 1) by Group One
Embossed glass sherd discovered in Unit 104 (Op. 1) by Group One

As it has been discovered, the embossed letters on the bottle fragment are a little over half of a very particular manufacturers’ seal mark. The seal is a circle inside which the top arch states “MASS” with the bottom inverted arch stating “SEAL” and in the very middle of the two and the circle a “T” is located. Based on this information we were able to determine that the container was a milk bottle made by the Thatcher Manufacturing Company between 1910 and 1947.

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