Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Central AnasaziChaco and CibolaChaco-Cibola White WareSnowflake Black-on-white

Type Name: Snowflake Black-on-white

Period: 1175 A.D. - 1325 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Central Anasazi
Tradition: Chaco and Cibola
Ware: Chaco-Cibola White Ware

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2012

Snowflake Black-on-white was defined by Colton (1941). This type as usually defined appears to represent one of several late forms of Tularosa Black-on-white, and appears to date from about A.D. 1175 to 1325.

The most useful definition of this type seems to refer to the use of bold, solid, and stepped elements on forms and arrangements that are otherwise very similar to Tularosa Black-on-white (Hays-Gilpin and van Hartesveldt 1998). Designs often include combinations of parallel lines and rectilinear lines with adjoining stepped triangles to form banded designs that cover much of the vessel. These elements are usually attached to the end of broad rectilinear bands that are often found in combination with step triangles. On sherds this types is best applied to examples exhibiting late manipulations noted for Tularosa Black-on-white that exhibit thick line and step triangle without evidence of the use of hachure or other designs common in Tularosa Black-on-white.

Colton, Harold S.
1941 Winona and Ridge Ruin, Part II: Notes on the Technology and Taxonomy of the Pottery. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 19, Flagstaff.

Hays-Gilpin, Kelley., and Eric van Hartesveldt
1998 Prehistoric Ceramics of the Puerco Valley: The 1995 Chambers-Sanders Trust Lands Ceramic Conference. Museum of Northern Arizona Ceramic Series No.7. The Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff.

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