TYPE: Canada Del Oro Red-on-Brown

DATE: A.D. 750-850 (Wallace, 1995;465)


EXTERIOR TREATMENT: Many bowls lightly scored, scored jars common. Scoring haphazard – not precise as in earlier incised types.

COMMON FORMS AND DESIGN PLACEMENT: Primary designs are often painted on the exteriors of bowls with slightly incurved rims, while the primary designs are often painted on the interiors of helmet and flare-rim bowls, which often have secondary designs or many trailing lines on the exteriors. Jars usually have designs that begin well below the widest diameter and have normal round bottoms.

COMMON DESIGNS: Designs become much more extravagant than the previous Snaketown Phase, many more life forms and design motifs are now being painted. Positive life forms make their appearance as well as life forms often with cross-hatched painted bodies. Multiple “trailing lines” make their appearance on exteriors of bowls. Other bowl exteriors may have concentric painted stars, or, a large negative star made with connected hatched triangles pendant from the rim. Hatching still present but scrolls not hatched as in Snaketown. Scrolls are painted in positive form and then the “stepped greque” is usually hatch filled. Solid motifs such as keys and scrolls are common in this phase.

COMMON DESIGN LAYOUTS: The “banded fringe” design makes its first appearance in this phase, it is much more common in the next phase. The offset quarter design on bowl interiors makes it’s first appearance at this time (Quarter design layouts date back to the oldest painted pottery of the Estrella Phase)

KEY DIFFERENCE(S): Often vessels have light scoring on the outside. Jar designs begin below the shoulder or widest diameter. The beginning of scrolls or the “stepped greque” can be hatched or solid.




1Y Hohokam Canada del Oro Red-on-Brown Jar with four scrolls.

Approximate Dimensions: 3 1/8" by 2 1/8"



2N Hohokam Canada del Oro Red-on-Brown Jar with six scrolls.

Approximate Dimensions: 3 3/4 " by 3"



3Y Hohokam Canada del Oro Red-on-Brown Scoop.

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








4N Hohokam Canada del Oro Red-on-Brown Jar with Horned Lizards and Snakes

Bottom row of two snakes then a row of six horned lizards, five of which have pairs of baby

snakes on their backs. Then a row of four horned lizards of which three have pairs of baby snakes.

Then a top row of two snakes. Total of ten horned lizards and 20 snakes.

Approximate Dimensions: 7 3/4" by 6 1/2"


4Y Hohokam Canada del Oro Red-on-Brown Bowl

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


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