Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Central AnasaziChuskaChuska White Ware (Organic Paint)Nava Black-on-white

Type Name: Nava Black-on-white

Period: 1100 A.D. - 1250 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Central Anasazi
Tradition: Chuska
Ware: Chuska White Ware (Organic Paint)

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2012

Nava Black-on-white was defined by Wilson and Peckham (1964). This type is assigned to white wares tempered with trachyte or trachyte and sherd exhibiting styles in organic pigment similar to those noted on early Pueblo III types similar but not identical to McElmo Black-on-white. Nava Black-on-white most commonly occurs in assemblages dating to the twelfth century but may also occur in lower frequencies in assemblages dating to the first half of the thirteenth century.

Pastes are light gray to blue gray. The exteriors of jars and both surfaces of bowls are covered with white slip. Rims are slightly rounded or flat and commonly exhibit ticked lines or squares. Designs are usually arranged in bands between framing lines consisting of repetitive motifs. Design motifs include cross hatching, straight hatching, dots, thin and thick parallel lines, checkered squares, triangles, and diamonds, triangles, and scrolls. Vessel forms include bowls, jars, pitchers and seed jars.

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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