Compare Pottery Types from Oklahoma Plains Village Sites

 

Antelope Creek(Upper Canark) Pottery
A.D. 1200-1500
Cord roughened surface
Tempered with sand
Heart shaped jars, sometimes with decorated rims

Zimms Pottery
A.D. 1250-1450
Smoothed surface
Tempered with crushed shale
Small jars or bowls

 

Custer Pottery
A.D. 800-1250
Cord roughened surface
Tempered with stone or caliche
Globular jars with rounded or pointed bases

Turkey Creek Pottery
A.D. 1250-1450
Smoothed or cord roughened surface
Tempered with crushed shale and fossil shell
Globular jars with rounded or flat bases

Paoli Pottery
A.D. 900-1250
Cord roughened surface
Tempered with crushed stone
V shaped vessels or rounded bases

Washita River Pottery
A.D. 1250-1450
Smoothed surface
Tempered with crushed mussel shell
Jars with constricted necks, flat or round bases

Prehistoric potters gathered local clays from river banks to fashion their pots. Pottery appears at Oklahoma sites from about A.D. 1 but is not common until after A.D. 900. These pots were made for everyday use and have little or no decoration. They were used for storage and cooking and were fired in open hearths. Archeologists can use pottery as a method of dating sites since the shapes and tempering agents changed through time.

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