Early Pottery at Petrified Forest National Park

Author(s): Signe Valentinsson

Year: 2017


Petrified Forest National Park is notable for the diversity of its ceramic assemblages which encompass several major ware groups. The earliest ceramics sequence saw one of the most dramatic shift in pottery production techniques at any time in the park, from the paddle and anvil, micaceous tempered Adamana Brown Ware, to the coil and scrape, sherds and sand tempered white wares and grey wares that dominate the rest of the park’s ceramics assemblages. This poster presents a characterization study of 84 sherds from three major ware types that span the adoption of pottery during Basketmaker II to the emergence of white and grey wares in Pueblo I (AD 600 - AD 800). By describing the distinctions in methods and materials of construction among these early wares, it attempts to improve understandings of the beginning of ceramic production and the Basketmaker-Pueblo transition in the park.

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Early Pottery at Petrified Forest National Park. Signe Valentinsson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432115)



Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16702