Stallings Reed Separate Punctate


from David Anderson's Stallings Type Descriptions


The type Stallings Punctate was first defined by Griffin (1943). Distinguishing linear separate from drag and jab punctations derives from the work of Michael Trinkley, who demonstrated the temporal and spatial (i.e., distributional) significance of differing surface finish attributes within the Thom's Creek series in the 1970s (Trinkley 1976, 1980a, 1980b). Within the Stallings series this distinction has been demonstrated to have temporal and spatial (i.e., distributional) significance by Sassaman (1993). See also discussion for Stallings Plain.

Sorting Criteria

Individual separate reed punctations, typically placed in rows parallel to the rim; random or geometric arrangements less common. Fiber vesicules throughout the paste, typically visible on both the interior and exterior vessel surface regardless of the extent of smoothing. May be confused with Thom's Creek Reed Separate Punctate, which may have incidental fiber inclusions, or exterior fiber-like impressions resulting from placement of the wet vessel on plant materials prior to firing.


Found throughout the Coastal Plain, Fall Line, and lower Piedmont of eastern Georgia, and western South Carolina to the Santee River. Very little decorated Stallings pottery has been reported to the northeast of the Santee drainage, and it is uncommon even along this drainage. Greatest incidence from the Ogeechee to Edisto Rivers.

Chronological Position

Late Archaic period (ca. 2500BC-1000BC).

Primary References

Claflin (1931:Plate 14); Fairbanks (1942); Griffin (1943, 1945); Sears and Griffin (1950); Williams (1968); Waring (1968:160) (St. Simons Variant); Stoltman (1972, 1974); Anderson et al. (1979); Phelps (1981:77-78); Sassaman (1993).