Ancestral Pueblo: Greater Upper Rio Grande ValleyNorthern Rio GrandePecos ValleyPecos Valley Gray WarePecos Valley Plain Striated

Type Name: Pecos Valley Plain Striated

Period: 1650 A.D. - 1838
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Greater Upper Rio Grande Valley
Branch: Northern Rio Grande
Tradition: Pecos Valley
Ware: Pecos Valley Gray Ware

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2013

This category seems to refer to pottery originally referred to pottery illustrated as Heavily striated jars of the modern period (Kidder and Shepard 1936). While utility ware produced in Pecos Pueblo during most periods at Pecos Pueblo exhibit exterior manipulations resulting in their assignment to Northern Rio Grande types produced during late occupations exhibit distinct striated marks resulting in their classification as Pecos Plain Striated. Utility ware jars began to exhibit an increase in exterior striations at early as the sixteenth century (Powell 2002). Heavily striated jars produced during the last periods of occupation Pecos Pueblo (1700 to 1838) are characterize by exterior surfaces covered by deep parallel striations (Wilson 2007). Striations on the upper portions of the jar are oriented horizontally while those on the body are oriented vertically or angularly (Kidder and Shepard 1936). Interiors surface are well-smoothed to polished and often sooted or smudged. Pastes are gray to reddish brown in color. Shapes are often represented by fairly squat jars with sharply flaring rims.

Kidder, Alfred V., and Anna O. Sherpard
1936 The Pottey of Peocs, Volume II Glaze Paint, Culinary, and Other Wares. Papers of the Phillips Academy No.7, New Haven.

Powell, Melissa S.
2002 Ceramics. In From Folsom to Fogelson: The Cultural Resources Inventory Survey of Pecos National Historic Park, Vol. I, edited by G. N.Head and J. D. Orcutt, pp. 237–304. Intermountain Cultural Resource Management Professional Paper No. 66. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Wilson, Gordon P.
2007 Guide to Ceramic Identification: Northen Rio Grande Valley and Galisteo Basin to A,D. 1700. Technical Series Bulletin, no. 12, 2nd ed. Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe.

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Pecos Valley Plain Polished/Smudged Utility sherd