Lost Marbles in American Archaeology

Marbles are one of the most common artifacts found at historic sites. Not only are they evidence of children’s play, they are also a great indicator of wealth. Prior to the production glass aggies in the late 1800’s, most marbles were handmade using different materials. The most common, and cheapest, were low fired clay commies made from discarded materials from the local crockery. Affluent households, however, were able to afford hand polished pieces made of porcelain and ivory. Scroll down to see recently excavated marbles from our Pinterest Board!


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