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St. Johns Red on Buff


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

Sorting Criteria

Red on buff painting on diatomaceous earth-tempered pottery. The designs are broad-lined simple geometric designs in red paint on a tan or buff backdrop. This type is hard to recognize due to the fact that the paint easily weathered making it sometime hard to distinguish from St. Johns Plain. Vessel forms are typically large bowls, but some vase forms have been found.

Geographical Range
Northeastern Florida and presumably extreme southeastern Georgia.
Chronological Range
Woodland to Early Mississippian St. Johns I and II. It is most typical in the St. Johns I period.
Surface Treatment