TYPE: Casas Grandes Plain

AKA: Convento Plain Ware (see comments)

AKA: Casas Grandes Plainware (see comments)

DATE:  A.D. 700 to 1660 (Rakita and Raymond, 2003;160)


KEY DIFFERENCES: Interiors of jars often polished, some

examples can be highly polished.

COMMENTS: Sherds of Convento Plainware and Casas Grandes Plainware cannot be reliably separated from each other, as well as many whole vessels, although certain forms may be diagnostic.


Hand Smoothed



Patterned Scored


Patterned Incised





Clapboard Corrugated

Indented Corrugated

Rubbed Indented Corrugated




1N Casas Grandes Plain Ware Human Hooded Effigy.

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


2Y Casas Grandes Plain Ware Jar.

Approximate Dimensions: 6" by 4"

3N Casas Grandes Plain Ware Miniature Bowl (highly polished).




4Y Casas Grandes Plainware Jar with intentional rough textured neck

(scraped variety) and a punctated rim.
Approximate Dimensions: 7 1/2" by 6"



5Y Casas Grandes Plainware Jar (polished variety)

Approximate Dimensions: 6 3/8" by 4 7/8"




6Y Casas Grandes Plain Punctated Olla with Frog Effigies.

The "punctates" may represent bubbles in water.

Approximate Dimensions: 6 1/4" by 5"



7N Casas Grandes Plain Melon or Gourd Effigy Vessel.



8N Casas Grandes Plain Ware Squash or Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Effigy vessel.

Approximate Dimensions: 6" by 5 1/4"


9N Casas Grandes Plain Cruciform Vessel

Approximate Dimensions: 5 1/2" by 5 1/4" by 1 3/4"


10N Casas Grandes Plain Jar (Scored Variety)


11N Casas Grandes Plain Jar with Lugs (Rubbed Corrugated Variety)

Approximate Dimensions: 4 3/4" by 4"



12N Casas Grandes Plain Jar with Corrugated Neck and Four sets of Knobs

Approximate Dimensions: 4 3/4" by 5 1/2"


13N Casas Grandes Plain Olla

Approximate Dimensions: 7" by 5 1/2"


14N Casas Grandes Plain Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 8 1/2 " by 4"


15N Casas Grandes Plain Rubbed Indented Corrugated jar with four applied effigies. Applied effigies are extremely rare. Two effigies are frogs on opposing sides, the other two may have represented something different as the "legs" are not in the same fashion as the other two.

Approximate Dimensions: 9 1/4" or 23.5cm by 8 1/4" or 21 cm.


15N Close-up of applied frog and ? effigies.


16Y Casas Grandes Plain Marriage Vessel, Patterned Scored and Tool Punched.

Approximate Dimensions: 9 3/4" by 5" by 3 3/4"



17N Casas Grandes Plain Rubbed Indented Corrugated Jar

Approximate Dimensions: 8 1/8" by 7"



18Y Casas Grandes Plain Rubbed Indented Corrugated Jar

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



19Y Casas Grandes Plain Indented Corrugated Double Lobed Vessel.

Approximate Dimensions: 6 3/4" by 6 3/4"



20Y Casas Grandes Plain Incised and Punctated Basket Effigy.

Approximate Dimensions: 7 3/4" by 5 5/8"



21Y Casas Grandes Plain Punctated Jar

Approximate Dimensions: 7 3/4" by 6"



22Y Casas Grandes Plain Scored Jar.

Approximate Dimensions: 7 1/8" by 5 3/4"



23Y Casas Grandes Plain Gourd or Melon Effigy Vessel.

Approximate Dimensions: 7 3/4" by 5 1/2"



24N Casas Grandes Plain Parrot Effigy.

Approximate Dimensions: 9 1/4" by 6 " by 5"



25N Casas Grandes Large Plain Olla.

Approximate Dimensions: 14 1/2" by 13"



26Y Casas Grandes Plain Seed Jar.

Approximate Dimensions: 6 1/2" by 5 1/4"


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