TYPE: Alma Plain

DATE: A.D. 300 to 1300+ (Wood, 1987;164)

KEY DIFFERENCES: Most Alma plain tends to be lightly polished and dull looking compared to Reserve Plain which is often highly polished and usually smudged. Although early Alma (determined by form) is usually highly polished.

TEMPER: Often heavily tempered with volcanic rock, sand, occasionally quartz sand, fine mica particles sometimes present.  Later examples may be tempered with fine sand.









Black Burnished (Smudged)



1N Alma Plain Seed Jar




2N Alma Plain Jar

Approximate Dimensions: 6" by 4"

3Y Alma Polished Vessel

Approximate Dimensions: 4 3/4" by 2 3/4" by 1 1/2"



4Y Alma Punched Pitcher (handle missing)

Approximate Dimensions: 3 3/4" by 3 1/8"



5Y Alma Rough Miniature Vessel

Approximate Dimensions: 2 1/8" by 1 7/8"




6Y Alma Punched Pitcher with a 4-coil handle.

Approximate Dimensions: 6 1/4" by 4 5/8"




7Y Alma Plain Vessel

Approximate Dimensions: 2" by 1 1/8"




8N Alma Punched Pitcher

Approximate Dimensions: 4 5/8" by 3 1/4"



9Y Alma Plain Pottery Shaft Polisher?

Approximate Dimensions: 3" long



10Y Alma Plain Human Effigy Fragment

Found at a Mimbres Site.

Approximate Dimensions: 2 1/2" long


Revised: 07/28/2012

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