Pottery Type #2: Alabama Red

We apologize for the delay in posting about the pottery names. We’re back!

The second pottery type is Alabama Red. We decided that this type should be assigned the Alabama Red name because it is likely locally produced, abundant at the Alabama site, and the paste is red. The pottery is distinctive based on its reddish-brown color, fine sandy fabric that feels gritty to the touch, and abundance of large, rounded iron nodules. When preserved, the slip is a deep red color. The composition of the inclusions is consistent with the Cockscomb Batholith indicative of local production, but we have not located the clay used to make this pottery on the landscape (yet!). The clay is naturally sandy, so potters did not need to add temper to improve the quality of the clay. This pottery type comes in a variety of vessel forms from jars to serving vessels. There are (at least) two locally produced pottery types at Alabama in the Late to Terminal Classic Period: Alabama Red and Waha Leaf Red. We are looking forward to working at Alabama next summer to continue our clay survey in order to better understand resource acquisition and pottery production.