Deadmans Gray is an undecorated type of San Francisco Mountain Gray Ware found in the San Francisco Mountain region an the Chino and Skull valleys of Arizona.
Archaeological Culture: Cohonina
Date Range: A.D. 700 to 1150 (per Christian Downum, Northern Arizona University).
Construction: By paddle and anvil and scraping.
Firing: In a reducing atmosphere.
Core Color: Gray.
Temper: Abundant fine quartz sand; occasional grain dark angular fragment; abundant fine mica-like particles.
Surface Finish: Exterior jar surfaces and interior bowl surfaces are polished and compacted; not slipped; interior jar surfaces are fairly well smoothed; not polished; anvil marks definite but not conspicuous; mica-like particles glitter on surface.
Surface Color: Light bluish gray.
Forms: Bowls, jars, pitchers (common). The handle of the pitcher is constructed from the rim and not added below the rim as in most other southwestern wares.
Decoration: No painted decoration.
Compiled from the following sources:
Colton, Harold. (1958) Pottery Types of the Southwest. Museum of Northern Arizona Ceramic Series No. 3D. Flagstaff, Arizona.
April Peters, Northern Arizona University Anthropology Laboratories.