My Preschool Archaeologist
Cecilia (my 3-year-old) and I were on a walk in the woods this afternoon when she found some pottery sherds eroding out of the path from underneath a small tree root. We recovered what we could, took them home, and cleaned them off. Then she looked for joins and glued the pieces together.
I know next to nothing about historic American pottery. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to age? The paste seems pretty solid, so I'm guessing it's pretty recent. One piece is brown on both sides, but the rest are white on one side and brown on the other. It seems to be a big vessel of some sort - a large pot, I gather.
|Whiteware with brown slip?||Putting it together|
I explained a bit about context, erosion, surface scatter, and how to clean pottery to understand what it used to be. Cecilia really likes the book Archaeologists Dig for Clues, so she has a pretty good idea about what archaeology is. But she wasn't nearly as interested in the sherds as I was... or in my explanation of taphonomic processes that may have brought those particular sherds to rest in that particular place. Maybe in a few more years... Right now, C's much more interested in showing what a good primate she is!