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This bowl, which dates to the Walls Phase of the Late Mississippian period, belongs to a style of Mississippian Pottery known as Bell Plain. This style of pottery was in use throughout the Mississippian period but was especially prevalent in the Middle and Late Mississippian periods. Bell Plain ceramics are formed by the coiling process: thin rolls of dark grey, shell-tempered clay are used to build up the shape of the vessel around a flat base, and the interior and exterior surfaces of the vessel are thoroughly smoothed. Although bowls represent the most frequently found vessel shapes among Bell Plain ceramics, the two decorative lug handles on this bowl are somewhat unique. In particular, the fact that these handles are both notched and perforated makes this an especially noteworthy example.


1200- 1540


Pottery; Bell Plain Ceramic; Bowl; Bell Plain Bowl; Mississippian