DEADMANS FUGITIVE RED
DESCRIPTION: CORE: Constructed: by paddling. Color: gray. Fired:
in reducing atmosphere.
TEMPER: abundant fine quartz sand; occasional grain dark angular
fragment; abundant fine mica-like particles. Texture: fine.
WALLS: medium strong. Fracture: slightly crumbling.
SURFACE: Color: light bluish gray, pink or red in part. Finish:
exterior surfaces jars and interior surfaces bowls smoothed, often
show scraping marks and compacted; not slipped; interior surfaces
jars fairly well smoothed but not polished; anvil marks definite
but not conspicuous; mica like particles glitter on surfaces.
FORMS: bowls, jars pitchers.
DECORATION: red fugitive paint on greater part of vessel; rims generally
have red lip; no drawn design.
RANGE: San Francisco Mountain Region.
REMARKS: Sherds of this type vary considerably in the shade of red
because of the effect of weathering. Specimens recovered from caves
have a thick red coat but on specimens dug from the ground in the
open the wash is powdery and generally pale. Sherds from the surface
of the ground rarely have more than a pinkish tint. Vessel forms
vary in size from small bowls and pitchers to large storage jars.
Since a red decoration could not be produced by firing a vessel
in a reducing atmosphere, it would be necessary to paint it after
it was fired.