Ceramics were not made with the aid of a potter's wheel; in most cases, coils of clay were added to a hand-modeled base and then smoothed together to form the walls of a vessel. The pots were laid on hot coals and covered with wood and other fuel. The fuel was lighted, and the pots were fired. The Woodland women made large numbers of differently shaped ceramic pots with a variety of decorations. Fortunately, even though pottery can be broken, it does not decay when buried. Thus, ceramics are useful for linking cultural groups to specific living sites. Pottery can also show, through changes in decoration and construction, the evolution of styles and contacts between groups.
Catalog Number: A 3104/000077
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