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It’s Not Always a Black-and-White World: A Discussion of Oxidized (Orange, Red, and Yellow) Pottery in the Northern Southwest

December 7, 2021


Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 12:00 noon, free!

C. Dean Wilson (Office of Archaeological Studies Research Associate and former Director of the OAS Ceramics Analysis Laboratory) and Dr. Eric Blinman (OAS Director) present a lecture entitled It’s Not Always a Black-and-White World: A Discussion of Oxidized (Orange, Red, and Yellow) Pottery in the Northern Southwest.

The majority of decorated pottery produced by potters in the Four Corners region of the Ancestral Pueblo world consists of wares and types that use black paints against gray or white surfaces. The notable minority are distinctive oxidized wares and types that appear to reflect interrelated pottery technologies and styles. These include types associated with Northern San Juan Red Ware, Tsegi Orange Ware, and Jeddito Yellow Ware, as well as more recent Hopi Polychrome traditions (we don't include the better-studied White Mountain Redware tradition trajectory to the south). This presentation will review these wares and will explore possible connections between them based on previous investigations and our recent struggles with the classification of whole pottery vessels in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture collections. These challenges reflect changing resources, technologies, and stylistic traditions spanning a millennium, and the patterns provide clues about historic connections and models of causation.

The Brown Bag talk will take place online, by Zoom, at 12:00 noon. Join us Dec. 7, 2021, at noon, on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85269676 741?pwd=eWNEWGdDb0VnVUtNRllaS TZrdUVhZz09, Meeting ID: 852 6967 6741, Passcode: 008670.  This talk will also be broadcast live on Facebook at @FriendsofArchaeology.

 

 Tusayan Black-on-red jars and pitcher