Deadmans Gray

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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.

Compiled by:
April Peters, Northern Arizona University Anthropology Laboratories.