Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Eastern (Mountain) AnasaziUpper San JuanUpper San Juan Gray WareArboles Gray

Type Name: Arboles Gray

Period: 900 A.D. - 1050 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Eastern (Mountain) Anasazi
Tradition: Upper San Juan
Ware: Upper San Juan Gray Ware

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2012

Arboles Gray was defined in Dittert and Others (1963). This type is assigned to to vessels or rim sherds where enough of the neck is present to confirm that all coil junctures on the neck surface were obliterated (Dittert et al 1961). Arboles Gray is similar to Piedra Gray in all paste characteristics, and is distinguished from Piedra Gray only by the lack of polish (Wilson and Blinman 1993). Temper consists of angular gray to white rock fragments. The vessel forms associated with Arboles Gray include cooking-storage jars, seed jars, ollas, effigies, pitchers, and double bowls. Arboles Gray is consistently present in Piedra phase sites of the Navajo Reservoir area and persists in smaller quantities in Arboles phase collections.

Dittert, Alfred E., Beth L. Dickey and Frank W. Eddy
1963 Excavations at Sambrito Village, Navajo Reservoir District. Museum of New Mexico Papers in Anthropology, New Mexico of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe.

Wilson, C. Dean, and Eric Blinman
1993 Upper San Juan Ceramic Typology. Office of Archaeological Studies Archaeology Notes 80, Santa Fe.

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Arboles Gray gourd dipper

Arboles Gray jar sherd