Cameron Polychrome

Cameron Polychrome bowl from the Museum of Northern Arizona collections. Click the image to open the Cameron Polychrome gallery.

Cameron Polychrome is a Tsegi Orange Ware type originally known at only a few sites around the San Francisco Peaks, but with a much broader geographical distribution than originally described.

Archaeological Culture: Ancestral Puebloan

Date Range
Kayenta Heartland: A.D. 1040-1170 (Christenson 1994); Flagstaff Region: A.D. 1075-1125 (per Christian Downum, Northern Arizona University).

Construction: By coiling.

Firing: In an oxidizing atmosphere.

Core Color: Gray.

Carbon Streak: Common.

Temper: Sand and sherd.

Surface Finish: Smooth and polished.

Surface Color: Buff or orange; outside of bowls covered with a red slip.

Forms: Bowls and jars.


  • Paint: Black.
  • Pigment: Manganese.
  • Design: Style A: wide bands of red on which are painted hatchures in black; Style B: wide bands of red with intervening orange surfaces with hatchures in black.

Other Names: Citadel Polychrome.

Compiled from the following sources:
Christenson, Andrew. (1994) A Test of Mean Ceramic Dating Using Well-Dated Kayenta-Anasazi Sites. Kiva 59(3).

Colton, Harold. (1956) Pottery Types of the Southwest. Museum of Northern Arizona Ceramic Series No. 3. Flagstaff, Arizona

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