Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Central AnasaziChuskaChuska Gray WareSheep Springs Gray

Type Name: Sheep Springs Gray

Period: 800 A.D. - 850 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Central Anasazi
Tradition: Chuska
Ware: Chuska Gray Ware


First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2012

Sheep Springs Gray was defined by Wilson and Peckham (1964). This type is assigned to gray ware forms with trachyte temper that display flattened coils or fillets along the rim (Goff and Reed 1998; Windes 1977. These fillets exhibit very little relief between coil intersections and range from about 10 to 30 cm in thickness. Except for temper and paste, overall characteristics are very similar to those noted for Kana'a Gray and Mancos Gray. Lower portions of the vessel smoothed and unpolished and may sometimes by mistaken for Bennet Gray. This type is thought to have been produced during the early ninth century during the early span of the Pueblo I period.

References:
Reed, Lori S., Joell Goff, and Kathy Niles Hensler
1998 Exploring Ceramic Production, Distribution, and Exchange in the Southern Chuska Valley: Analytical Results from the El Paso Natural Gas North Expansion Project, Pipeline Archaeology 1990-1993: The El Paso Natural Gas System Expansion Project, New Mexico and Arizona, Vol XI, Book 1, Report no, WCRM (F)74, Farmington.

Wilson, John P., and Stewart Peckham
1964 Chuska Valley Ceramics. Manuscript on file, Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.

Windes, Thomas C.
1977 Typology and Technology of Anasazi Ceramics. In Settlement and Subsistence Along the Lower Chaco River, edited by C. Reher, pp 270-369. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.




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