The process, location, and history of Hohokam Buff ware production: some experimental and analytical results

David Abbott

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Abstract

A distinctive red-on-buff pottery, found throughout central and southern Arizona, is a hallmark of prehistoric Hohokam culture. To manufacture it, Hohokam potters used a complicated recipe and controls for firing to chemically manipulate their clay and produce a light-colored fabric on which to paint their red designs. In this study, firing experiments and ceramic analysis are used in conjunction with excavation evidence to evaluate competing ideas about the buff ware manufacturing process, investigate where the pots were made, and model the developmental history of red-on-buff production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-397
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008

Keywords

  • Firing experiments
  • Hohokam
  • Phoenix Basin
  • Red-on-buff Pottery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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