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

Type Name: Chuska Black-on-white

Period: 1000 A.D. - 1125 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

Chuska Black Black-on-white was defined by Wilson and Peckham (1964). This type consists of forms exhibiting hachured styles common in both Gallup and Deghoszhi Black-on-whites (Peckham 1989; Wilson 1989; Windes 1977). Paste is light gray to blue-gray and commonly covered with a streaky white paste. Chuska Black-on-white reflects a fairly common and widespread type representing one several expressions of the hatched or Deghoszhi style that predominated during the late Pueblo II period. This style is characterized by angular hatching executed in black organic paint mostly organized in rectilinear bands organized over much of the decorated surface or in bands just below the rim. Vessels tend to be dominated by bowls but also include bowls, jars, pitchers and dippers. This type tends to occur in sites dating to the eleventh century but may also occur in contexts dating to the early twelfth century.

Wilson, C. Dean
1989 Ceramics. In The Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Redrock Valley: A Study of Prehistoric and Historic Land Use in Northeastern Arizona, Volume I, prepared by B. S. Hildebrandt. pp 272-332. Zuni Archaeological Program Report No. 262, Research Series No. 3. Zuni Archaeology Program, Zuni Pueblo.

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. A. Reher, pp 270-369. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

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