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Halstead Plain


One of the plain pottery types found at Macon in the 1930s. Named for the head of one of the early trading posts in that area by Jesse Jennings and Charles Fairbanks.

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This is plain pottery from the Macon Plateau site. There are many plain pottery types from this site in central Georgia, but Halstead is the high-quality plain pottery. This type is thinner and better finished than the others. The color is often black to gray. Effigies were usually attached to this type or they were free-form effigies. The temper consists of finely ground shell and the vessel surface is frequently well burnished. Known vessel forms also include flattened globular bowls. The rims are straight and the lips are narrowed and rounded.

Geographical Range
This pottery occurs only at Macon Plateau sites in an area no more than 10 miles in diameter around Ocmulgee National Monument.
Chronological Range
Macon Plateau period.
Surface Treatment
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