Townsend Ware Ceramic Sherd

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Title

Townsend Ware Ceramic Sherd

Subject

Artifacts

Description

This ceramic sherd was found at a Late Woodland site in Southampton County on the southern Coastal Plain. It is classified as Townsend ware because it is tempered with finely crushed shell and impressed with a fabric-wrapped paddle. Temper refers to the material mixed into the clay in order to add strength and stability to the pottery during and after firing. People tended to use different tempers at different periods of time and in different places, allowing us to assign ceramic types based on the temper used. The practice of impressing nets and fabric onto clay for decoration allows us to see what Virginia Indian textiles looked like in these periods, since textiles are not usually preserved in the soil. (Photo enhanced)

Source

Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA

Date

900 - 1600 C.E.

Format

.JPG, 881 × 801

Type

Image

Coverage

Southampton County

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

881 × 801

Files

44SN0022_Townsend.jpg

Citation

“Townsend Ware Ceramic Sherd,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed October 27, 2021, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/427.

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