Origin of “Anasazi” Ceramics: A View from the Southern Chuska Valley
C. Dean Wilson, Ceramic Brain, Former director of the OAS' Ceramics Analysis Laboratory
Observations about pottery from sites in the Southern Chuska Valley spanning from the early sixth through eighth century provide important clues concerning the source and nature of pottery origins and the rapid changes that culminated in the production of distinct gray and white wares characteristic of vessels long produced in the Colorado Plateau by Pueblo potters. Both the sources of derivation of this pottery and potential ecological and artistic influences resulting in the distinct qualities of early Anasazi pottery will be discussed.
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