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Swift Creek Complicated Stamped, Late 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. His reference to Late was based upon the folded rim form.

Sorting Criteria

Complicated stamping on fine and coarse sand-tempered pottery. Designs are predominantly curvilinear in nature. Designs include hatched teardrops or snowshoes, concentric spirals, concentric circles, interlocking scrolls and rectilinear elements, intertwined meanders, and concentric lines. The stamping is bolder and poorly executed compared to the earlier variety of Swift Creek. Known vessel forms include long collared jars, short collared jars, simple jars, and flattened and collared globular bowls. Other vessel forms also occur. Rims are incurved, incurved and recurved, inslanted, and outslanted Most rims have exterior folding or thickening Lips are flat-round or round. Other forms occur. Bases are usually round, but occasionally may be flat and circular or flat and squared.

Geographical Range
Northwestern Florida and all of Georgia.
Chronological Range
Late Middle Woodland.
Surface Treatment
Pottery Image(s)
Color photo, 4 Indigenous ceramic fragments of varying sizes with curvilinear motifs, such as teardrops, and one with rectilinear elements.