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Although bowls are one of the most commonly uncovered Bell Plain vessels, the specific characteristics of this bowl make it unique. First, the rim has a significant flare to it, canting away from the body of the bowl at a relatively sharp angle. Second, the rim displays a beautiful notched decoration at the lip. Finally, four appliquéd decorations (identified as hands by the excavators) have been added to the interior of the rim. Given the high level of craftsmanship exhibited by this vessel, it is likely that this bowl served some sort of cultic or otherwise ceremonial use before its final deposition as a burial object.


1200- 1540


Pottery; Bowl, Bell Plain Bowl; Mississippian; Exhibit Photograph