TYPE: Sacaton Buff

DATE: A.D. 950-1125 (Wallace 2003;22)

COMMON FORMS: Basically the same as Sacaton Red-on-Buff



PASTE: May or may not be porous with variable amounts of observable mica that usually is muscovite (silver mica).

KEY DIFFERENCES: Since Santa Cruz Buff currently is only known in one form (the small strap handled jar) most any large buff rim sherds belonging to large vessels would likely be Sacaton Buff. However, since Sacaton Buff also produced smaller vessels, sherds belonging to smaller vessels can be problematic to type.

COMMON DESIGNS: No designs, just buff slip covering one or both surfaces.

COMMENTS: Sacaton, as well as Santa Cruz Buff wares, for whatever reason, were slipped but not painted. Separating sherds of these two types, for the most part would be difficult.


1N Hohokam Sacaton Buff stacked carved shell bracelets censer.  Very unusual effigy censer representing five carved seashell bracelets.  The buff slip covers all surfaces.

Approximate Dimensions: 2 1/4" or 5.6cm. by 1 1/4" or 3.1cm.


2N Hohokam Sacaton Buff Large Olla


3Y Hohokam Sacaton Buff Miniature Toy Platter

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


4Y Hohokam Sacaton Buff  Ladle that has been punched and incised.

Approximate Dimensions: 7 3/8" by 3 1/2" by 1 1/4"


5Y Hohokam Sacaton Buff  Shell Effigy Vessel.

Approximate Dimensions: 4 5/8" by 2 1/4"


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