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St. Johns Check Stamped


The defining factor in the St. Johns series is the temper. The temper in this type is diatomaceous earth. The diatomaceous earth occurs along the St. Johns River and is in the clay naturally.

Sorting Criteria

Check stamping on diatomaceous earth-tempered pottery. This type tends to have a chalk-like feel to its surface. The most common vessel form is the large bowl, eccentric vessels such as bowls with conoidial bottoms also occur. The sides of the vessels are often straight and out flaring.

Geographical Range
In Georgia this type occurs on the Georgia Coast, around Valdosta, and in the Okefenokee Swamp.
Chronological Range
Woodland, maybe into the Early Mississippian St. Johns II period, gradually decreasing in frequency.
Surface Treatment
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