Complicated Stamped Pottery

Illustrated Specimens


Sample Size



15 specimens from Occaneechi features, no specimens from Feature 30 (Haw River phase).


Method of Manufacture: Coiling with use of paddle-and-anvil technique.

Temper: Twelve sherds are tempered with fine sand and three contain fine crushed quartz.

Texture: Even and compact.

Hardness: 2.5-3.5.

Color: Exterior surface color ranges from dark brown (7.5YR 4/4) to very pale brown (10YR 8/4).

Surface Finish (Exterior)

Eleven sherds possess curvilinear stamp motifs while four have rectilinear stamps. No specific design elements are discernible.

Surface Finish (Interior)

All sherds interiors are smoothed.




Rim: The single rimsherd was everted.

Lip: Rounded.

Body: Restricted jars?

Base: No data.

Thickness: 4-6 mm (33.3%), 6-8 mm (66.7%).

Size: No data.


Complicated stamping is a rare method of surface treatment within the Eno River drainage and occurs elsewhere (e.g., the Mitchum [31Ch452], early Upper Saratown [31Sk1], and Upper Saratown [31Sk1a] sites) as a minority treatment within Historic period contexts (Davis 1987; Wilson 1983). Whether these sherds are of a single type or represent two or more different types is uncertain; however, their association with the Historic period occupation at the Fredricks site appears likely.