Ancestral Pueblo: Greater Upper Rio Grande ValleyNorthern Rio GrandeGreater Tewa Basin (Northern Tewa)Northern Rio Grande Gray WareNorthern Rio Grande Coiled Clapboarded Gray

Type Name: Northern Rio Grande Coiled Clapboarded Gray

Period: 875 A.D. - 1200 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Greater Upper Rio Grande Valley
Branch: Northern Rio Grande
Tradition: Greater Tewa Basin (Northern Tewa)
Ware: Northern Rio Grande Gray Ware

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2012

Gray wares exhibiting narrow coils and clapboarded treatments common in late neckbanded forms were placed into two different categories. Coiled Neck includes neckbanded forms with narrow rounded coils (McNutt 1969; Wilson 2008; 2012). While similar pottery from regions in the Colorado Plateau occurs at contexts dating from the middle tenth to early eleventh century, in the Northern Rio Grande the span for such pottery is much longer spanning from late ninth to end of the twelfth century.

Clapboarded Neck refers to overlapping coils or fillets. Sherds belonging to this category are similar to plain corrugated sherds although sherds assigned to this category tend to be narrow and limited to neck sherds. As is the case for other early gray ware types produced in the valleys in the Northern Rio Grande, temper usually consists of crushed granite with micaceous particles. Mica particles protrude through both surfaces creating a glittery effect over dark gray to brown surfaces. Pastes are very soft and friable, and tend to be dark gray, brown, to yellow-red and fire to red colors in an oxidation atmosphere.

McNutt, Charles H.
1969 Early Puebloan Occupations at Tesuque By-Pass and in the Upper Rio Grande Valley. Anthropological Paper No.40. Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Wilson, C. Dean

2005 Ceramic Artifacts. In Excavations at LA 103919, a Developmental Period Site Near Nambé Pueblo, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, by S. L. Lentz, pp. 89–150. Archaeology Notes, 199. Office of Archaeological Studies, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.

2013 Prehistoric Pottery from Pojoaque Corridor Project Sites. In Land Use, Settlement, and Community in the Southern Tewa Basin, Vol. 3: The Prehistoric Sites and Site Components, edited by J. Boyer and J. Moore. Archaeology Notes, 404. Office of Archaeological Studies, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, forthcoming.

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