This type was defined by Joseph Caldwell based upon his excavations in the Allatoona Reservoir. It is the equivalent of Deptford Check Stamped from northwestern Georgia, and it has become the standard type name for all of northern Georgia and even inland Georgia for Middle Woodland check stamped pottery. In general the northern Georgia Cartersville pottery is a little thinner and sandier than similar pottery from the Deptford site on the Georgia coast. Named after Cartersville, Georgia.
Check stamping on sandy-grit tempered pottery. The most common vessel form is the jar, although regular bowls and shallow bowls occur as well. Rims are straight or flaring. Bases are round and subconoidal, frequently with tetrapodal supports.