A DISCUSSION OF METAL CANS
This is the final webinar in our series Recognizing and Interpreting Historical Materials, sponsored by HAAC.
This presentation focuses on the development of the metal can. Cans have been an important part of the American lifestyle for
more than 180 years. First engineered in France (1810), the metal can was eventually adopted here in the United States, and
played an important role in the course of the American Civil War. New technologies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries greatly influenced the production of metal cans. By 1914, an estimated 3 billion cans were being produced, much of
which occurred in the United States. As such, it is not surprising that cans comprise a sizeable proportion of historical artifacts
identified on archaeological sites here in Arizona. This webinar will provide a brief commentary of cans manufactured and
distributed across the United States from the latter half of the 19th century through the early 1970s.
Presenter: Thomas Jones