TYPE: Santa Cruz Buff

DATE: A.D. 850 - 950 (Wallace, 1995;465)

COMMON FORMS: The only forms known for Santa Cruz Buff are small jars with one or two strap handles. The jars are usually approximately 11-13 cm or 4 ¼ -5 1/8 inches in diameter.



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

KEY DIFFERENCES: The only way to determine Santa Cruz Buff from Sacaton Buff is by the one form, the small strap handled jar. However, since Sacaton Red-on-Buff is known in a variety of forms, including strap handled jars, and is described as Sacaton Red-on-Buff without the red, it is certainly possible (perhaps probable), that strap handled buff jars could have been produced in the Sacaton Phase as well.

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

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




1Y Hohokam Santa Cruz Buff Vessel that once was a tri-pod (legs missing)

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

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