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SAN FRANCISCO Mt. WARE

Pottery Wares of Northern Arizona


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.

DESCRIPTION:
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

--> DEADMANS GRAY

--> DEADMANS FUGITIVE RED

--> DEADMANS BLACK-ON-GRAY

--> FLOYD BLACK-ON-GRAY


 
 

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