Oldtown Complicated Stamped

OLDTOWN COMPLICATED STAMPED, VARIETY CONCENTRIC CIRCLE

Background

See Background description for Series.

Sorting Criteria

(See Sorting Criteria for the Series) This stamped design consists of four or five concentric circles. Considerable overstamping occurred in the application of this design to the vessel surface. Vessel interiors were either burnished or smoothed. Decorations on this variety of pottery is limited to notching of the margin.

Distribution

This type has only been identified at Upper Saratown.

Chronological Position

AD 1620 -1710. This variety of complicated stamping occurs in Middle and Late Saratown phase components.

Primary References

Wilson 1983; Ward and David 1993, 1996 (ms in part I)

(Type description: Jane Eastman)

 

OLDTOWN COMPLICATED STAMPED, VARIETY FILFOT SCROLL

Background

See Background description for Series.

Sorting Criteria

(See Sorting Criteria for the Series) Three partially jars with filfot cross complicated stamped exteriors have been partially reconstructed. The same paddle may have been used to stamp two of the vessels, while the third was paddled with a different stamp. Both designs have four sets of four parallel lands and grooves forming a cross with distal ends that form loops. Typically the surface was overstamped to the point that the overall design was obscured. Two of the vessels were stamped when the clay was fairly wet, leaving deep, somewhat sloppy impressions. The third pot was stamped when the clay was drier and stiffer, creating more shallow impressions. When present, the rim fold was stamped. None of these partially reconstructed vessels were decorated.

Distribution

This type has only been identified at Upper Saratown.

Chronological Position

AD 1450- 1620. Though vessels with curvilinear complicated stamped surfaces were made throughout the contact period, the use of the Filfot scroll design appears to have been limited to the protohistoric Early Saratown phase.

Primary References

Wilson 1983; Ward and David 1993, 1996 (ms in part I)


(Type description: Jane Eastmun)