Stallings / Fiber Tempered Wares

See the Stallings Type Descriptions by David G. Anderson for individual "types.

Stallings (Sassaman 1993; Sassaman et al 2006; Stoltman 1972; Elliott et al 1994; Anderson et al 1996) Stallings ware is fiber tempered, leaving voids in the body and tracks on the surfaces. Vessels tend to be bowls. These are usually open, but some carinated examples are seen. This pottery was in use on the coast around the mouth of the Savannah by about 4500BP, and is found in association with shell rings in some cases (Saunders et al 2004). Ken Sassaman has devoted considerable effort to studying Stallings wares and should be consulted for details. He identifies three phases Stallings I (4500-3800BP), or Early Stallings sees the introduction of plain wares, while the later “Classic Stallings”, or Stallings II phase (3800-3400BP) features hand decorated wares. Stallings III (3400-3000BP) sees the abandonment of rim thickening, and more diverse assemblages, with some dominated by plain wares and others by decorated wares. The Stallings Island site was abandoned by about 3500BP (Sassaman et al 2006). Fiber tempered wares are most common south of the Santee, though examples are seen well into North Carolina. In excavations at 38DA75 on the Pee Dee plain Stallings and Thoms Creek wares are generally found well below later cord and fabric marked wares. These are often in context with asymmetrically resharpened Savannah River (variant) type points. Saunders et al (2002) see an overlap between Stallings and Thoms Creek at the Fig Island shell ring both temporally and typologically. Thoms Creek has long been thought to overlap, however. In a 2001 paper this is tied to the idea of situational learning and the development of communities of practice (Sassaman and Rudolfi 2001).  

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Carl, Hi!

You think we need some text on this general landing page for Stallings?

Yes. Still figuring things out... I think the big slide show on this page is slowing the site down. Takes a long time to load in firefox.

I haven't noticed a slow down here, but I will test it when I get home and across browsers. If it's the slideshow, we can ditch it. There are other ways to deal with the images.