Monday, February 16, 2009

Willow Lake pots

Downtown library rule: always check out the display cases at the rear of the main floor.You will find very cool displays. Recently pieced together pots, for instance. Quite plain, but nicely shaped.

Here's the history of this particular batch of shards. Too bad they didn't display the black-on-white ware, though.

Two photographs of photographs here -- pictures of the field work at the Willow Lake site. BTW, I'm sure that the project chief for Qwest wishes they hadn't turned up that black-on-white ware; this is the kind of delay that's likely to happen to many of those public works projects envisioned by planners of The Stimulus. At least here in the Southwest.

A somewhat prettier pot, though it certainly does not look very grey to me.


Antipodean Curmudgeon said...

I've a great idea for a zippy cottage industry "Three Dimensional Jigsaw Puzzles". Just latch on to some terracotta pots, lightly smash them and put the shards in a high-class box with a pic of the unsmashed pot on the front--all for $29.95!!! Glue not included.


PS My cut, 7%

Jarart said...

Beautiful pots. Thanks for sharing.

Catalyst said...

Neat photos.

I left something for you over at Oddball Observations.

Margaret Cloud said...

I love to look at old pottery even if it is broke, these pieces are nice.

Anonymous said...

Those pots are amazing! Works of fine art.

Wonderful post, Granny J. Thank you so much!

~Anon in AV.

Granny J said...

bro -- a fine idea for a stay-at-home entertainment, fitting quite nicely into these insecure times. 5%.

jarart -- glad to -- and don't forget the library rule!

cat-A -- I blush as I thank you for the honor.

margaret -- too much of the prehistoric stuff has to be pieced back together. At a site over in the Agua Fria Natl. Monument it loooked like one spot was reserved for pitching pottery -- just full of shards.

anon av -- they are actually much shapelier than some of the Prescott pieces that I have seen. Also the color of the clay has a lot more red, unlike the common grey ware.

Antipodean Curmudgeon said...



traveled said...

I'm sure there is more history in those grounds.

Granny J said...

traveled -- there's been a lot of digging in that area already. It was the site of a well known pueblo.

Anonymous said...

Only non-burial vessels can be displayed or photographed. Burial vessels with designs were drawn.

Note plate-like vessel on pedestal in back of large label. This was a broken jar base reused as a potter's turntable (puki) which allowed the potter to manipulate the vessel as it was shaped.

At some point you can look for the report at the Sharlot Hall Museum library or the library of the Yavapai Chapter of the AAS.

Andy C

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