Pottery sherds from the Gravois Bluff Mounds (23SL1064)


Bodysherd from Test Unit 28, Feature 16/Burial N in the Large Mound. Catalog number 1328. Thickness = 9.8 mm and weight = 19.8 grams. This sherd has a combination of grit, grog, and limestone temper. The surface is undecorated. Right image is exterior and left image is interior.



Bodysherd with cordmarking from Test Unit 18, Level 8 in the Large Mound. Catalog number 1187. Thickness = 8.7 mm and weight = 27.3 grams. This sherd was tempered with grit, grog, and a small amount of limestone (represented by voids in the clay fabric). Right image is exterior and left image is interior.



Bodysherd with cordmarking from Test Unit 20, Level 6 in the Large Mound. Catalog number 1214. Thickness = 5.8 mm and weight = 28.3 grams. This sherd was tempered with crushed limestone that has been dissolved over the centuries by the acidic soil. Right image is exterior and left image is interior.



Bodysherd from Test Unit 35, Feature 26/Burial X in the Large Mound. Catalog number 1367. Thickness = 6.6 mm and weight = 9.5 grams. This sherd was slipped with a gray clay on both interior and exterior. The surface slip has been largely eroded away exposing large voids of dissolved limestone temper.
Right image is exterior and left image is interior.

Bodysherd from Test Unit 33 in the Large Mound. Catalog number 1347. Thickness = 11.7 mm and weight = 24.1 grams. This sherd is cordmarked. There are a few voids from dissolved limestone temper, but most of the temper appears to be grit and grog.


Limestone tempered rimsherd from Test Unit 13, Level 8 in the Large Mound. Thickness = 6.3 mm.


Shell tempered body sherd from Test Unit 8, Level 5 in the Large Mound. The shell particles on the surface of the sherd have been leached by contact with the acidic soil and groundwater. The shell is visible in the broken cross section. Thickness = 6.4 mm.


Shell tempered, red slipped pottery sherd from Test Unit 9 in the Large Mound. This pottery vessel had a small, finger diameter whole intentionally constructed in the shoulder of the vessel. Half of the finger diameter hole is preserved (on the side facing the centimeter scale).


Limestone tempered body sherd from Test Unit 8, Level 9 in the Large Mound. Small, thumb sized sherds, were far more common in Blake Mound than in the Big Mound at the Gravois Bluff site.


Limestone tempered body sherd from Test Unit 8, Level 7 in the Large
Mound.



Cordmarked bodysherd from Test Unit 17, Level 11 in the Small Mound. Catalog number 172. Thickness = 8.0 mm and weight = 26.4 grams. Right image is exterior and left image is interior.



Limestone tempered body sherd sherd from the Large Mound, Test Unit 80, Burial M, catalog 1318. Thickness = 4.9 mm and weight = 1.9 grams.



Cordmarked bodysherd from Test Unit .



Cordmarked bodysherd from Test Unit 17, Level 11 in the Small Mound. Catalog number 172. Thickness = 8.0 mm and weight = 26.4 grams. Right image is exterior and left image is interior.



Cordmarked bodysherd from Test Unit 17, Level 11 in the Small Mound. Catalog number 172. Thickness = 8.0 mm and weight = 26.4 grams. Right image is exterior and left image is interior.


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Updated 20 July 2010