Pottery at Skull Creek Dunes, OR and Its Implications for Pottery Tradition in Southeastern Oregon
Prehistoric pottery is rare in Oregon, and the presence of pottery at the Skull Creek Dunes site in Catlow Valley of Southern Oregon is potentially important. This paper builds on the previous excavation and research by Scott Thomas of the Burns BLM and describes the pottery and work done on it since. These sherds represent one of the oldest pottery traditions in Oregon, and were likely made on site. Initial dating places the site around 1250 CE. In addition to the sherds, small possible gaming pieces and fired clay cones were also discovered at the site, as well as lithic and faunal components. A discussion of possible cultural origins of this pottery is included.
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Pottery at Skull Creek Dunes, OR and Its Implications for Pottery Tradition in Southeastern Oregon. Makaela O'Rourke, Scott Thomas. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 442617)
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