TYPE: Obelisk Brown

AKA: Obelisk Utility

DATE: A.D. 200 to 600 for vessels other than miniatures and pipes, A.D. 200 to 1300+ for miniature vessels, effigies, and pipes. (Reed, 2000: 207 & 217)

KEY DIFFERENCES: Early forms, usually polished, fine temper, often smooth to the touch, tan to dark brown to brown/gray in color. Miniatures and small effigies are often not polsihed. Lino Polished is usually gray in color.

TEMPER: Fine sand or sandstone if added. Temper often added to later examples.

SLIP OR SURFACE TREATMENT: Not slipped (hand smoothed). Early examples are often highly polished, late examples (after A.D. 600) are usually only hand smoothed and can be rough.

COMMENTS: The gray/brown variety for vessels other than miniatures or pipes is dated from about A.D. 500 to 600 (Reed, 2000:217).







1Y (316) Anasazi Obelisk Brown Vessel

Approximate Dimensions: 4 1/2" by 2 1/4"

2Y Anasazi Obelisk Brown Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 5 1/8" by 4"


Recommended Reading:

Archaeological Background of Dates in the Early Arizona Chronology

By E.H. Morris, 1936

Tree Ring Bulletin Vol. 2, No.4, Flagstaff, Arizona.

San Juan Red Ware, Mesa Verde Gray Ware, Mesa Verde White Ware and San Juan

White Ware, Pottery Types of the Southwest 5A, 10B, and 12A.

By L.J. Abel, 1955

Museum of Northern Arizona Ceramic Series No. 3B, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Generations in Clay: Pueblo Pottery of the American Southwest

By A.E. Dittert & F. Plog, 1980

Northland Press, Flagstaff, Arizona

Prehistoric Ceramics of the Puerco Valley

By Kelley Hays-Gilpin & Eric van Hartesveldt, 1998

Museum of Northern Arizona

Foundations of Anasazi Culture, The Basketmaker Transition

By L.S. Reed, C.D. Wilson, and K.A. Hays-Gilpin, 2000

University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City


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