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

Type Name: Payan Corrugated

Period: 1000 A.D. - 1200 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

Payan Corrugated was defined by Sciscenti and others (1963). This type represents a distinctive form of indented corrugated utility ware produced in the Upper San Juan region (Wilson and Blinman 1993). Indentations on Payan Corrugated are widely spaced and are stacked to create pronounced spiral, angular, or vertical ribs (Siscenti and others 1963). Rims tend to be vertical, and vessel forms are cooking-storage jars with cylindrical shapes. Although corrugated sherds with similar patterns have been observed in other Anasazi regions, they only consistently occur in Arboles phase sites in the Upper San Juan region where they may have comprised up to one-third of the gray wares in some Navajo Reservoir sites. While some examples of utility ware exhbiting corrugations and other characteristics more typical of that of corrugated types made elsewhere have sometimes benn referred to as Arboles Corrugated (Reed and Goff 2007). this pottery is usually difficult to impossible to distinguish from Northern San Juan gray ware types.

Reed, Lori and Joel Goff
2007 A Field Guide to Upper San Juan Anasazi and Navajo Pottery. Prepared for the NMAC Ceramic Workshop, Farmington District Office,Document on file, Bureau of Land Management, Farmington.

Sciscenti James V., Alfred E. Dittert, Jr, and Beth Dickey
1963 Excavations at the Railroad Site, LA 4103. In Pueblo Period in the Piedra River Section, Navajo Reservoir District, assembled by Alfred E. Dittert Jr. and Frank W. Eddy, pp 80-93. Museum of New Mexico Papers 10. 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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