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  • Massive pottery shard found near East Tennessee settlement

    I found this 6 inch chunker in a creek that runs along a settlement I read about in an archeological paper. Its very dirty, but its pottery material made from local red clay, after examining it further with a bright light I could confirm the presence of crushed shells along the edges. I was so shocked to find it that I thought it had to be modern and almost didn't take it with me! I was hoping to be able to clean the green algae off but I was told on another forum not to touch it so I'll leave it as it lol.
    East Tennessee

  • #2
    Congrats, that is a very nice find! I just found my very first pottery fragments a couple of days ago, but they are tiny compared to that. That must of been a rather large bowl.
    South Carolina

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    • Hal Gorges
      Hal Gorges commented
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      Congratulations, Tiny has its advantages when it comes to pottery. πŸ˜ƒ

    • Narrow Way Knapper
      Narrow Way Knapper commented
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      Thanks Hal, I've been meaning to get some pictures posted so you can maybe identify what culture they are associated with. 😁

    • Skunked
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      I'd be stoked to see the pics too you for sure should post them

  • #3
    Cool..Never saw a hunk like that, is it crumbly..can’t imagine the whole thing πŸ‘πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŸ.
    Floridaboy.

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    • Skunked
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      It must've been a huge piece in his whole form, I will be going back to this spot soon to see if theres anything else

  • #4
    That must have been huge and hope you find more, nice find.
    Searching the fields of Northwest Indiana and Southwestern Michigan

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    • Skunked
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      Thanks! I hope so too

  • #5
    very nice

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    • #6
      I have been told the very large pots were used for grain and seed storage.
      SE IA

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