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This bowl is an example of a type of ceramic known simply as Mississippi Plain Ware. Evidence for Mississippi Plain Ware first appears in the Early Mississippi period (ca. 1000 - 1200 CE) and it is found throughout the Mississippi Valley. This type of ceramic is characterized by a coarse shell-temper paste, tends to be grey / buff / reddish in color, and often has smoothed - but not polished - interior and exterior surfaces. The lack of polishing often leaves the vessel with a roughened appearance. Bowls such as this one, with its simple curved sides, medium depth and slightly rounded bottom, represent the second most frequently found vessel shape among Mississippian Plain Ware (jars being the most common vessel form). The treatment to the rim, however, is somewhat less common: this pattern of evenly-spaced, almost piecrust-like crimping appears to have occurred almost exclusively in the southern regions of the Mississippi Valley.


1000- 1200


Pottery; Bowl; Plain Ware Bowl; Mississippian