People of the Waters - Woodland
OPM #:
800-T47
Object Name:
Jar
Description:
Madison Cord Impressed; repair hole; Late Woodland.
Comments:
This is a rim sherd from a Late Woodland grit tempered ceramic jar. The prehistoric potter used a cord-wrapped paddle and stone anvil to shape the jar. You can see the random cord markings on the body of the jar. She smoothed the neck and rim (upper portion of the sherd) and then very precisely impressed a cord into the leather-hard clay to create the decoration. The maker decorated both the outer and inner rim.

This sherd has a hole drilled though it. We can tell that the hole was made after the jar was fired hard. This is called a "repair hole". When a jar was broken it was repaired by drilling holes in the separate pieces and then using cord to tie the pieces together. This would have been used for minor damage only and not an entire vessel. A jar repaired in this way would not be usable for liquids but it still could hold dry items like seeds.
Collector:
Mitchell, Stephen D.
Material:
Ceramic
Culture/Period:
Woodland, Late
Dimensions:
W-10.7 L-11.2 D-1 cm
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