Uwharrie Cord Marked

 from Jane Eastman's type description


(See Background discussion for Uwharrie series)

Sorting Criteria

Uwharrie Cord Marked pottery shares temper, paste, vessel form, and decorative elements with Uwharrie Net Impressed type described above. The exterior surface of Uwharrie Cord Marked sherds has been impressed with a cord-wrapped paddle. A large rim section of a Uwharrie Cord Marked restricted neck jar from the Upper Saratown locality has been reconstructed. The interior of this jar was smoothed, while other Uwharrie Cord Marked sherds exhibit the more common scraped interiors. The cord impressions on this vessel were carefully applied and uniform in direction. No overstamping is present and the cord marks are oriented oblique to the rim with continuous strands of cord up to 8 cm long. The cord is thick (2.5 diameter) and of a simple twisted structure. The cords are parallel to one another and spaced 1 to 3mmapart. Other Uwharrie Cord Marked sherds exhibit more tightly-spaced and finer cords (as thin as mm in diameter).

Chronological Position

AD 500-1200. Nine radiocarbon dates associated with Uwharrie series pottery have been collected. Four of these dates fall within the AD 1000 to 1200 range, while three dates from the Yadkin River drainage fall between AD 1400 and 1600 (see 1994).


ceramics are found throughout the North Carolina Piedmont and into South Carolina including the Dan River, Yadkin, Catawba, Broad, Haw, and Eno drainages. The series, defined for southwestern Virginia, is comparable to the Uwharrie series.

Primarv References

Coe (1952:307-308, 1964:32-33); Howell and (1953); (1994, 1996 (ms in Part