Comparing Caddo and Coles Creek Pottery Using Petrographic Analysis

Jeffery S. Girard, Leslie G. Cecil

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Pottery classified as “Coles Creek Incised” is common both to the earliest Caddo sites along the Red River and to contemporary sites in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Although it often is suggested that Coles Creek pottery from the two regions can be distinguished by differences in paste, no detailed comparative studies have been carried out. An initial attempt to identify variation through the use of petrographic analysis was carried out by comparing 50 samples drawn from sites in northwest and central Louisiana. Although no sharp dichotomy was noted between the regions, the study identified distinctions that support the notion that most Coles Creek pottery was made locally and different technological traditions may be represented.

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JournalIndex of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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