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LITTLE COLORADO WHITE WARE

Pottery Wares of Northern Arizona

DESCRIPTION:
CORE: Construction: by coiling. Fired: in reducing atmosphere. Color: dark gray, due to iron, not carbon, to light gray. Temper: abundant opaque angular fragments of varying size, mostly fine, usually gray or tan (sherd), quartz grains rare. Vessel walls: medium strong to strong. Fracture: slightly crumbling. Surface finish: bowl interiors and jar exteriors always coated with a thin white or light oyster gray slip; usually fairly well polished; often crazed; exterior bowls scraped, not well smoothed; often somewhat bumpy, usually pitted; usually coated with thin white slip or wash; not polished; often chalky; jar interiors usually fairly well smoothed. Surface color: gray or white. Decoration: painted, black, usually dense, dull, occasionally thin and watery with brownish tint in most types; sometimes near glaze. Pigments: carbon. Designs: bowl interiors and jar exteriors in all types; rarely on bowl exteriors.
RANGE: Little Colorado River valley from Petrified Forest National Monument to San Francisco Mountain region, also Tonto Basin, Verde Valley, and upper Gila River drainages.

LITTLE COLORADO WHITE WARE TYPES

--> St. JOSEPH BLACK-ON-WHITE

--> HOLBROOK BLACK-ON-WHITE

--> PADRE BLACK-ON-WHITE

--> WALNUT BLACK-ON-WHITE

--> LEUPP BLACK-ON-WHITE

 
 

Dept. of Anthropology, P.O. Box 15200,
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5200, USA.
email: anthrolab@nau.edu