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  • Pottery shards from Ruidoso, New Mexico

    I took a road trip out west and stopped in to see my brother. He has recovered hundreds of shards of pottery from "the northeast side of El Capitan, near the springs" in Ruidoso, NM. I have no idea where exactly he is talking about and know nothing about this pottery.

    He said there are lots of stories of post-contact skirmishes in the area and these shards were very plentiful along with flint and small points.

    This sounds like historic pottery rather than prehistoric to me but I have no idea. Could anyone help? I have no idea what he has here.

    He is mostly a fossil guy and is about to move, so he gave me his bucket of shards.

    (I would like to piece some together but we're talking hundreds of shards lol)
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  • #2
    It looks like Anasazi style pottery. Around 500-1000 years in age.


    • DiversionHound
      DiversionHound commented
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      I just googled Anasazi pottery and wow that looks spot on for a lot of these pieces. Thanks for the direction!

    • Tam
      Tam commented
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      Nailed it

  • #3
    Nice of your brother. Now get out some glue!
    Searching the fields of Northwest Indiana and Southwestern Michigan


    • #4
      first pic looks like it could be much older. JMO


      • #5
        This is the best source of info I have found so far. Apparently the different styles being the black stripes on gray, the corrugated, the smooth, and the reddish in color can be associated to specific date ranges varying from about 200 AD to 1300 AD. This is all so new and foreign to me. It's been fun to learn.

        Pretty interesting quote from the above reading:

        "...Consistent progressions of decorative style were defined across the region with the help of stratigraphy and tree-ring dating, and those styles in turn became the basis for one of the most precise ceramic chronologies in the world..."

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        It looks like a scraper and some broken point pieces made it into the bucket as well:

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        • #6
          I was able to put together 2 pieces. I'm a little disappointed but feel really lucky at the same time. Pretty sure there are no more adjoining pieces.

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          • #7
            But besides the Anasazi which hopefully Jethro will chime in on … you should look up the people in the area . Look up the pottery in that area by Native Americans . The other pieces are probably older as stated .