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St. Simons Punctated


This is fiber-tempered pottery from the lower Georgia Coast. These are the original names given to the fiber tempered pottery in Georgia based on work by Preston Holder on St. Simons Island in the 1930s. However this type did not have a written description and people began recognizing that this was the same pottery as the Stallings Island pottery and dropped the use of this name.

Sorting Criteria

Punctated fiber-tempered pottery. Impressions are made with various objects, such as reeds, bone fragments and periwinkle shells. Punctations are a wide range of shapes. Punctations sometime occur perpendicular into the surface producing isolated punctates. At other times, the impression seems to indicate that the implement was dragged or trailed producing a row of punctations connected by an incised line. There are two modes of punctation for this type random punctation and linear punctation. Random punctation is simply, punctates scattered randomly over the vessel. Rims are straight or slightly incurving. Lips are rounded or flattened; sometimes thickened. Vessel forms are simple bowls and bases are rounded or flattened. The linear (or sometimes curvilinear) is either rows of single punctations or row of punctations connected by an incised line as with the dragged technique.

Geographical Range
Comparable to types found from Charleston, South Carolina, to the lower St. Johns River in Florida, and at Stallings Island on the Savannah River, and from east-central Georgia.
Chronological Range
Late Archaic period.
Surface Treatment
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