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DEPTFORD CHECK STAMPED

Background

Joseph Caldwell and Antonio Waring named this type base upon the 1930's WPA work at the Deptford Site, 9Ch2, in Chatham County on the Georgia Coast.

Deptford Bold Check Stamped and Deptford Check Stamped are the same type.

By the 1960's Wauchope was using the name Deptford Check Stamped for the non-linear check stamped pottery.

 

Sorting Criteria

This is a fine to medium quartz grit-tempered check stamped pottery.

The exteriors of the vessels are entirely covered with checks and are orange buff or dark gray to black in color.

The interior of the vessels are gritty, often having marks from smoothing implements visible.

The body of the vessel is cylindrical with a slight shoulder and a round or conoidal base

Rims are straight to slightly flared

Some vessels have tetrapod supports.

 

Chronological Range
       Middle Woodland
Geographical Range

The distribution of this type ranges from the St. Johns River in northeastern Florida, well into South Carolina

It is also to be found inland up the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers.

Past the Fall Line it is more commonly called Cartersville Check Stamped.

 

References

Caldwell and Waring 1939b:1

Willey 1949:357

Goggin and Sears 1950

Goggin 1952:105

Wimberly 1960:83-86

DePratter 1991:170-171

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:10