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Title: A study of clay tobacco pipes in Tunis. Were they traded to Gozo (Malta)?
Authors: Wood, John
Keywords: Malta -- History -- British occupation, 1800-1964
Tobacco pipes -- Malta -- History
Pipe smoking
Tobacco pipes -- Tunisia -- History
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Wood, J. (1999). A study of clay tobacco pipes in Tunis. Were they traded to Gozo (Malta)? Post-Medieval Archaeology, 33(1), 233-241.
Abstract: A significant number of clay tobacco pipes in the style of the Ottoman ‘chibouk’ can be found in museums and private collections on the islands of Malta and Gozo. Indeed the smoking of these pipes remains a folk memory with the majority of senior citizens. It became obvious that very few of these artefacts were made locally and that the Maltese, being at the geographical centre of Mediterranean culture, might have received their imports from anywhere. In 19th-century Tunisia (Malta’s nearest North African neighbour) three-quarters of the European population were Maltese migrants. Therefore, this study set out to discover whether Tunisia was a source of supply. In Tunis it became obvious that although clay tobacco pipes had turned up in local excavations, little attention had been paid to them and a fuller examination was welcomed. A by-product of this examination was to establish a locally made Tunis pipe, although little evidence was found for trade to Malta in that particular commodity.
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