Oldtown Simple Stamped


See Background description for Series.

Sorting Criteria

(See Sorting Criteria for the Series) Simple Stamping occurred as a minor surface treatment throughout the temporal span of the series. Wooden paddles with straight parallel grooves carved into them were used to texture the exterior surface of jars. The linear designs were applied to the surface of pots in two ways: the first indicating overstarnping after the paddle was turned perpendicular to its original orientation creating a rough cross-hatched appearance; and secondly, unidirectional stamping with the grooves oriented oblique to the vessel rim, creating the appearance of lands and grooves spiraling around the pot. The grooves on overstamped vessels were generally much deeper than those created by the latter method. Both methods of stamping occur in Saratown phase assemblages with no apparent changes in popularity. At least two of the spiraled Simple Stamped jars from the Early Saratown phase assemblage have applique strips just below the lip. Stamping on Simple Stamped jars from Late Saratown phase components often extends onto the top of the lip creating a notched appearance.


This type has only been identified at Upper Saratown.

Chronolonical Position

AD 1450.

Primary References

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

(Type description: Jane Eastman)