Moenkopi Corrugated

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Moenkopi Corrugated is a type of Tusayan Gray Ware with flattened “clapboard” corrugations that was produced in northeastern Arizona and southern Utah.

Archaeological Culture: Ancestral Puebloan, Kayenta

Date Range: Kayenta Heartland: A.D. 1130-1250 (Christenson 1994), Flagstaff Area: A.D. 1125-1275 (per Christian Downum, Northern Arizona University)

Construction: By coiling.

Firing: In a reducing atmosphere.

Core Color: Light gray to dark gray, sometimes black.

Temper: Abundant moderately coarse quartz sand; temper conspicuous on both surfaces.

Surface Finish: Rough; interiors scraped and fairly well smoothed; not polished; coils partly obliterated by flattening, sometimes almost to a uniform surface; finger indentations sometimes noticeable, but apparently not intentionally part of decorative scheme; coils fairly wide, usually from 6 to 8 mm, covering all or nearly all of exterior surfaces.

Surface Color: Normally gray.

Forms: Jars, bowls, jugs.

Vessel Thickness: 3.5 to 6.6 mm; average thickness, 4.7 mm

Decoration: No painted decoration.

Other Names: Gray Corrugated.

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 S., and Lyndon L. Hargrave. (1937) Handbook of Northern Arizona Pottery Wares. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 11, Flagstaff, Arizona.

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