SAN FRANCISCO Mt. WARE
Background: San Francisco Mt. Gray Ware is constructed by paddle
and anvil technique, although some sherds show scraping marks. The
number of pitchers compared to other wares such as Alameda Brown
Ware is very great and thus distinctive. The handles of the pitchers
are usually formed as a continuation of the rim and are not added
to the body of the vessel as in the Anasazi.
CORE: Construction: by paddling and scraping. Color: gray. Fired:
in reducing atmosphere.
TEMPER: abundant fine quartz sand, occasional grain black angular
fragments, and numerous fine mica-like particles. Texture: fine.
WALLS: medium strong. Fracture: slightly crumbling.
SURFACE: Color: light bluish-gray; pinkish or red in part when
painted with fugitive paint. Finish: bowl interiors, jar exteriors,
polished, compacted; not slipped; interior jar surfaces fairly
well smoothed, anvil marks, definite but not generally conspicuous;
scraping marks sometimes conspicuous on inside of vessels, mica-like
particles visible on surface.
FORMS: Bowls, jars.
DECORATION: unpainted, or painted with matte black design.
RANGE: San Francisco Mountains, Coconino County, north to Grand
Canyon, west to Big sandy.
SAN FRANCISCO Mt. WARE TYPES