Rincon Phase Decorated Ceramics in the Tuscon Basin: A Focus on the West Branch Site

Author(s): Henry D. Wallace

Year: 1986


Archaeological investigations at the West Branch Site (AZ AA:16:3) produced over 5,000 sherds and re-constructible vessels of Rincon Red-on-brown. A numerical seriation of controlled, unmixed contexts reported in a companion volume (Wallace 19 86a) demonstrated the utility of a division of Rincon Red- on-brown into three subtypes. In this study, the three subtypes, Early, Middle, and Late Rincon Red-on-brown, are described and illustrated with special reference to the West Branch and Valencia Site assemblages. Additional data from other sites in the Tucson Basin are also considered. A small collection of Rillito Red-on-brown is also described.

Other decorated ceramics associated with the Rincon phase material, including Rincon Red, Rincon Polychrome and intrusive wares, particularly the Phoenix Basin buffwares are also considered. A large assemblage of Rincon Polychrome from the West Branch Site, including five re-constructible vessels, permitted a thorough reconsideration and description of the type. Its relationship to Rincon Red in technology and production is also discussed. Significant new evidence concerning stylistic discordance between the Phoenix and Tucson Basins is also presented which reveals a temporal lag in adoption of certain buffware design styles on the Tucson Basin re d-on-browns.

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Rincon Phase Decorated Ceramics in the Tuscon Basin: A Focus on the West Branch Site. Henry D. Wallace. 1986 ( tDAR id: 448032) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8448032

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