Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Western AnasaziTusayan (Kayenta)Tsegi Orange WareCitadel Polychrome

Type Name: Citadel Polychrome

Period: 1100 A.D. - 1200 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Western Anasazi
Tradition: Tusayan (Kayenta)
Ware: Tsegi Orange Ware

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2012

Citadel Polychrome was defined by (Colton and Hargrave 1937) and is mainly represented by bowls that are slipped red on the exterior and unslipped and orange in color on the interior (Colton 1956). Paste is gray, dark brown to brick red. Temper consists of light colored whitish or yellowish angular sherd fragments with lesser amount of quartz sand and occasional basalt. Bowl exteriors are usually slipped except for a broad unslipped stripe that often occurs just below rim. Unslipped bowl interiors are orange. Forms primarily consist of bowls that sometimes have horizontal handles but may also include dippers and jars. Decorations usually consist of parallel or rectilinear bands that are outlined by narrow black lines. Citadel Polychrome appears to have been produced from A.D. 1100 to 1200.

Colton, Harold S.
1956 Pottery Types of the Soutwest, Museum of Northern Arizona Ceramic Series 1, Flagstaff.

Colton, Harold S. and Lyndon L. Hargrave
1937 Handbook of Northern Arizona Pottery Wares. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin No. 11, Flagstaff.

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