Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Central AnasaziChuskaChuska White Ware (Mineral Paint)

Ware Name: Chuska White Ware (Mineral Paint)

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2014

Chuska tradition white wares include a mineral painted series for which overall characteristics of paste, slips, and temper of types are extremely similar to that described for Cibola tradition white ware types (Windes 1977). These white wares usually exhibit a light gray to gray paste reflecting the use of low-iron clays that is covered by thin washy slip. Thus, types assigned to this ware are solely distinguished from Cibola types by the presence of trachyte or trachyte and sand temper. The time-span defined for Chuska tradition white wares exhibiting decorations in mineral paint is slightly shorter than that noted for Cibola tradition white ware given a slightly later beginning production for white wares with trachyte temper and the absence of white wares decorated with mineral produced in the Chuska Valley during the Pueblo III period.

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