Tsegi Orange

Tsegi Orange bowl. Click the image to open the Tsegi Orange gallery.

Tsegi Orange is the plainware variety of Tsegi Orange Ware.  This type was produced at Marsh Pass and in the Tsegi canyons of Navajo County, Arizona.

Archaeological Culture: Ancestral Puebloan

Date Range: A.D. 1250-1300.

Construction: By coiling and scraping.

Firing: In an oxidizing atmosphere.

Core Color: Gray, light brown to brick-red.

Temper: About equal amounts of quartz sand and crushed sherds; temper noticeable on surfaces, sometimes conspicuous especially on worn or poorly polished surfaces.

Surface Finish: Bowls: usually somewhat bumpy; sometimes polished; scraping and polishing marks often almost invisible but sometimes conspicuous; sometimes pitted; both surfaces bowls, compacted.

Surface Color: Orange; color surfaces and core contrast when core is gray.

Forms: Bowls, jars, mugs, dippers.

Vessel Thickness: 3.7 to 6.8 mm; Jars: 2.5 to 10.5 mm (bowls).

Decoration: None.

Compiled from the following sources:
Colton, Harold S. (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.