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Chavez Pass Black-on-red


Period: Pueblo IV

Dates: A.D. 1260-1330 (Adams 1989; Hays-Gilpin et al. 1996)

Chavez Pass Black-on-red - DESCRIPTION:

See Ware Description, except:

Core: Pinkish to tan, or gray.

Surface finish: Fairly well polished (horizontal polishing marks are often apparent); usually pitted and minutely crazed; tiny white flakes (sherd temper) usually noticeable on surfaces; both surfaces of bowls and jar exteriors are coated with a thin watery slip.

Surface color: Red, sometimes with an orange tint.

Paint: Brown to black, weak and often watery. Probably an iron-manganese pigment.

Design: Confined to interior surfaces on bowls; designs include stripes, broad, narrow, and staggering lines, solid areas, and broken lines.

Geographic Range: Occurs regularly throughout Pueblo IV sites of the middle Little Colorado River drainage near Winslow, AZ, on Anderson Mesa, and in the area near Petrified National Forest. Also occurs on Perry Mesa and in the Verde Valley.

Comparison: Similar to Tuwiuca Black-on-orange but slipped.

Authored by: Saul Hedquist

Authored by: 2005 NAU Ceramic Analysis class and Prof. Kelley Hays-Gilpin
Northern Arizona University - Anthropology Department

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