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Tennessee Face Jugs: An Evolving Tradition   

Author(s): Stephen T. Rogers

Year: 2015

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The existence of stoneware face jugs as part of a Southern pottery tradition is well established.  Recent scholarship and archaeological testing in Edgefield, South Carolina has sought to establish a chronology for their origins and develop a deeper understanding of their symbolic significance.  As conditions surrounding the manufacturing of these face jugs changed through time, their function or meaning also changed.  This paper will discuss the historic context of these vessels, explore their African origins, and illustrate how the four documented Tennessee-produced stoneware face jugs help to document this evolving tradition. 

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Tennessee Face Jugs: An Evolving Tradition   . Stephen T. Rogers. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433915)


Temporal Keywords
1860 - 1900

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 12

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America