Big Juniper House of Mesa Verde, Colorado
Wetherill Mesa Studies
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Chapter 3
ceramics (continued)


Only nine sherds, actually less than 0.1 percent of the total number from the site, could be identified as definitely intrusive pottery.

Puerco Black-on-red

Two bowl rims found in the South Trash Mound were classified tentatively as Puerco Black-on-red (fig. 76a and b). The designs on both are executed in solid lines; one appears to be a band of interlocking scrolls, and the other has interlocking triangular frets. The designs seem to be clearly within the range of Puerco Black-on-red as described by Carlson (MS., pp. 33-48), who dates this pottery from A.D. 1000 to 1200, with its greatest production around A.D. 1100.

Wingate Black-on-red

Six black-on-red sherds, probably from the same bowl, were found in the upper fills of Kiva B, Room 28, and the East House Mound (fig. 76c and d). The characteristics of these sherds—sherd temper, bumpy surface with pitting over the temper particles, design of interlocking solid and diagonal hatched units of essentially the same form, solid units somewhat narrower than the hatched units—conform to those of Wingate Black-on-red (Carlson, MS., pp. 48-66). Carlson dates this pottery from A.D. 1050 to 1200, with a maximum use after A.D. 1100.

Tusayan Polychrome

One badly eroded bowl rim sherd from the fill of Room 6 was tentatively classified as Tusayan Polychrome (fig. 76q). It has red bands outlined with black lines on an orange background, probably conforming to "Style A" of Tusayan Polychrome and dated from A.D. 1150 to 1300 (Colton, 1956, Ware 5B, Type 9).

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