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Swift Creek Complicated Stamped, Early Variety


Named by Arthur Kelly from the Swift Creek site near Macon Georgia This name was used in this form first by Gordon Willey in 1949 The reference to Early refers to the notched or scalloped rim form, known to be early in the Swift Creek period.

Sorting Criteria

Complicated stamping on fine sand-tempered pottery Designs include star in circle; concentric circles with center dot; figure eights made up of concentric lines; winged concentric circles; concentric circles with attached double-looped bars; circle and dot with four attached loops surrounded by concentric curved lines that are broken by four lobate elements which converge toward the center of the motif; nested ovals; ovals marked with hachure; concentric ovals in a background of flowing lines; concentric sigmoid figures; various concentric teardrops are hatched giving a snowshoe effect; nested lobate with central eye similar to a peacock's feather; concentric rectangles in conjunction with curvilinear figures; connected spirals; diamonds; and nested irregular curvilinear-rectilinear. There are, in addition to the designs listed above, many other distinct motifs and variants of the designs described above to an almost limitless number. Vessels are pot form with a outflared orifice and rounded base. Rims are straight and vertical or outslanted or outcurved.Lips are small, close-spaced, round-bottomed notches are most common, flat, round flat, and round-pointed.

Geographical Range
Northwestern Florida and southern and central Georgia. Also found in northern Georgia and adjacent portions of Alabama, South Carolina and eastern Tennessee.
Chronological Range
Middle Woodland Santa Rosa-Swift Creek period.
Surface Treatment
Pottery Image(s)
Color photo, 6 Indigenous rim fragments with both curvilinear and linear stamp indentations, 4 have wavy notched rims, and 2 are rounded.
Color photo, 4 Indigenous rim fragments of various sizes with both curvilinear and linear stamp indentations.