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Contributions to the Archaeology of Missouri

Part I. Pottery

The Archaeological Section of the St. Louis Academy of Science - 1880

  Archaeological Remains in Southeastern Missouri by W. B. Potter
  The Ancient Pottery of Southeastern Missouri by Edward Evers

2010 Reprint Edition

 

An early and rare work on the pottery of Missouri from the St. Louis Academy of Science.

From the Preface:

  "With the view of preserving some record of the rich prehistoric relics of the Mississippi Valley and especially in the state of Missouri, the Archaeological Section of the St. Louis Academy of Science has undertaken the publication of a series of papers embodying the results of work and observations in the field by its members. These papers are intended not so much to express the theories and opinions of individual members of the Section, as to be the means of furnishing to those interested in the archaeology of the country, a reliable statement of facts connected with the occurrence of prehistoric remains in this important region.
     The present volume is the first of the series, and contains a general description of the southeastern Missouri district and of the pottery which has been found in such abundance in the burial mounds of that region. Characteristic specimens of the pottery have been selected for illustration! from the collections of the Academy of Science and individual members, and the Section is indebted to Dr. G. Hambach for the skill and faithfulness with which: he has executed the drawings on stone."

 

This 8-1/4" x 10-1/2", 122 page, soft cover, facsimile reprint is illustrated with 5 foldout maps and 24 full-page plates.  $19.95

       


PLATE XXIV.

Fig. 1. Black, sun-dried specimen; very neatly finished and well formed. The mouth of the vessel is in the back of the head.
Fig. 2. Also a black, sun-dried specimen, but not so finely finished, nor so carefully formed as the preceding.
fig. 3. A very fine, sun-dried specimen from Perry County, MO. it has been figured here for the purpose of comparison. this specimen is now in the collection of the Illinois State penitentiary at Chester, Ills.
Fig. 4. Black, sun-dried specimen, not so well executed; the head especially is much more imperfect than in the other specimens, the open mouth detracting from the symmetry of the features. this figure is hollow, but there is no opening anywhere, showing that it was not a vessel.
Fig. 5. Black, sun-dried specimen. The figure is reproduced in full, the organs of generation being especially well executed. (it has been said, by some authors, that this is rarely the case in this class of pottery, but there are at least five specimens in the collections here in which they are well shown).
Fig. 6. This figure (sun-dried) is also hollow, but has no opening anywhere.
Fig. 7. This is a very fine specimen. It is doubtful whether it was baked or not. It was originally painted, and white and red patches of paint can still be seen, though the decoration itself has disappeared almost altogether. The figure represents a woman with a child on her back, the head of the child is broken off and not in the collection. The specimen is hollow, but had originally no opening anywhere.
Fig. 8. Black, sun-dried specimen; in this specimen too the penis is represented in rather large proportion. the figure is not well executed. the mouth of the vessel, as usual, is in the back of the head.