Beyond Clay & Rock

Agricultural societies made pottery almost anywhere they could find clay. In the Southwest, pottery-making was a specialized trade and household industry. Much of this pottery exists today, including Ancestral Pueblo pottery found in parks like Mesa Verde and Chaco Culture. Other works, like sculptures, capture stories from across several centuries. They offer tribute to notable figures in American history—poets, soldiers, explorers, and more. Explore pottery and sculpture in national parks.

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Last updated: February 5, 2019