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Pre-Columbian pottery is another hobby by itself.  But if you want to add depth to your contemporary collection, one or two LEGAL pieces can help link the talents of today's traditional pottery cultures to the history of the ancient potters.  But even if you don't collect or can't afford older pieces, the historical background can give you a greater appreciation for today's potters.  There is a rich history to be discovered by those who take the time to research and read the vast amount of resources.

Walnut Canyon, South of Flagstaff, Arizona

Pueblo Boon, New Mexico

Pre-Columbian items from the Clayhound Collection

  1. Bowl - CADDO

  2. Owl Effigy Hooded Bottle - MISSISSIPPIAN STYLE

Walnut Canyon, South of Flagstaff, Arizona

Pueblo Bonito (rendering) - Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

    Excellent(!) information from the Logan Museum of Anthropology on line from Beloit, Wisconsin

All text and images are used courtesy of the Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College
All objects illustrated are in the permanent collection of the Logan Museum.

Also from The Mississippian Moundbuilders and Their Artifacts

Walnut Canyon, South of Flagstaff, Arizona

Walnut Canyon, South of Flagstaff, Arizona

Cultural Periods in North America

Paleoindian Period (9500 - 8000 B.C.)

Archaic Period (8000 - 1000 B.C.)  is divided into three parts:

  • Early (8000-5000 B.C.)

  • Middle 5000 - 3000 B.C.

  • and Late (3000-1000 B.C.)

Woodland Period (1000 B.C. - 900 A.D.)

  • The Early Woodland Period (1000 B.C. and 500 B.C.)

  • The Middle Woodland Period (500 B.C. - 300 A.D.)

  • The Late Woodland Period (A.D. 300 and 800)

 Mississippian Period (900 - 1550 A.D.)

  • Early Mississippian Period

  • Middle Mississippian Period

  • Late Mississippian Period


Another listing...



  Pre-Projectile ?-10000 B.C.
  Paleoindian 10000-8000 B.C.
  Dalton 8000-7000 B.C.
  Early Archaic 7000-5000 B.C.
  Middle Archaic 5000-3000 B.C.
  Late Archaic 3000-1000 B.C.
  Early Woodland 1000-500 B.C.
  Middle Woodland 500 B.C. - 300 A.D.
  Late Woodland 300-800
  Emergent Mississippian 800-1000
  Mississippian 1000-1400
  Protohistoric (Oneta) 1400-1600

Eastern North America listing...

Archaic 8000bc-1000bc
Eastern Woodland 1000bc-800ad
Late Eastern Woodland 200ad-800ad
Adena 1000bc-100bc
Hopewell 200bc-500ad
Missippian 800ad-1600ad
Algonquian and Iroquoian 1000ad-1600ad