Ancestral Pueblo: Greater Upper Rio Grande ValleyNorthern Rio GrandeTaos (Northern Tiwa)Taos Gray WareTaos Corrrugated

Type Name: Taos Corrrugated

Period: 1200 A.D. - 1400 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Greater Upper Rio Grande Valley
Branch: Northern Rio Grande
Tradition: Taos (Northern Tiwa)
Ware: Taos Gray Ware

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2014

Taos Corrugated refers to pottery common in assemblages dating to the Pot Creek phase in which the exterior corrugations are partly obliterated (Adler and Dick 1999; Wetherington 1968). Pastes tend to be dark and may be softer and coarser than earlier gray wares (Adler and Dick 1999). Vessels are almost exclusively represented by jars. Corrugated treatments are often limited to the neck, and therefore some of the sherds in an assemblage dating to the Pot Creek phase may actually be derived from corrugated vessels. Taos Corrugated may be place into different variants based on the degree of smoothing and subsequent emphasis of the coils (Wetherington 1968). Corrugated types were further distinguished by attributes such as the type and pronouncement of coiled treatment that can have temporal implications. Pottery assigned to an Indented Corrugated category includes examples with narrow coils, regularly spaced indentations, and moderate to high contrast between coils, and represents the dominant corrugated type at sites dating to the Pot Creek phase (Wetherington 1968). Pottery characterized as Smeared Corrugated exhibit corrugated treatments with low relief indicating they ware smeared or obliterated during later stages of manufacture, and tend to be later than indented forms across much of the Northern Rio Grande.

Adler, Michael A. and Herbert W. Dick
1999 Picuris Pueblo Through Time: Eight Centuries of Change at a Northern Rio Grande Pueblo. Williams Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University.

Wetherington, Ronald K.
1968 Excavations at Pot Creek Pueblo. Fort Burgwin Research Center Report No. 6. Taos.

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Taos Indented Corrugated jar sherd

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Taos Smeared Corrugated jar sherds

Taos Smeared Corrugated jar sherds

Taos Corrugated jar sherds