1 I PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMENTS IN THE SOUTHWEST BY FLORENCE M. HAWLEY INTRODUCTION N THE prehistoric days of the Southwest, the people fashioned their household articles after patterns handed down from generation to generation; in fact, so conservative were they that each of their different schools of art extended over a comparatively large area. As in historic art, there were developments and changes in each school; these came through the new ideas of some master potter or simply through natural organic growth and decay. When the archaeologist digs up a piece of pottery, his first effort is to classify it according to culture area, then to place it in its chronological sequence. It has long been realized that movements and developments of peoples may well be traced through a study of their pottery; the relative chronology of pottery types and of cultures may be determined through cross finds of whole vessels or even of potsherds that have been traded out of their own areas. Hitherto, only the designs, the colors, and the pastes of pottery have been considered to any extent in this study; I would suggest that the difference in types of prehistoric paints as discovered through simple physical and chemical tests or through more complete analyses presents a field of study offering new discoveries. It has been found that the types of paints used in a given locality were consistent and so provide a dependable basis of comparison with the paints of other wares. Up to the present time there has been little scientific investigation of these American prehistoric paints, though in 9 Louis Franchet printed a comprehensive study of paints and pottery other than American in Cbamique Primitive. For the more comprehensive chemical tests the paint must be removed from the sherds in some way so that little of the sherd itself comes off with the paint. Because of the exceeding thinness 7
2 7 AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST [N. S.,,99 of most paint coatings, such a removal is difficult, and as the simple tests were found to be practical in almost every case, the longer chemical tests need be used for only the manganese paint, for which we have found no shorter test, or as a check if the result of any simple test is doubted. Because the black paint presents a much wider range of differences than the other colors, it has been found to be the most valuable for the study of culture areas and influences. Of the four colors commonly used in pottery decoration -red, white, buff, and black-all but the black are mineral paints. Both vegetal and mineral paints and combinations of the two were used to produce black. Before one may make a detailed study of the paint materials, something must be understood of the process of making pottery, of the application of the paints, and of the firing. These processes noticeably afiect the colors of most of the paints used by both the modern and the ancient Pueblo Indians. That the modern process of preparing the clay probably closely parallels the ancient is indicated by the marked general resemblance in pastes of modern and ancient wares, although in composition the different classes of both the modern and ancient pottery may differ noticeably. The lower part of a vessel is often molded in a pottery bowl or in a large sherd saved for the purpose, although I have seen pieces of modern Hopi ware that show the unmistakable imprint of a modern pan upon their lower portions; verily the Indian will be civilized! The bases of some pieces of prehistoric ware were molded in baskets; imprints of the rim or of a few coils are occasionally found three or four inches from the base of the vessel. Pottery vessels or sherds were probably used for base molds of other pieces then as now. Upon the clay base the potter builds up the rest of the piece by coiling long ropes or fillets of clay around and around upon themselves. This coiling process, used by the ancient as well as by the modern potters of the Southwest, insures a symmetry rivaling that obtained through the use of the wheel by the early potters of Europe. Hand modeling couldscarcely reach such perfection. Vessels in which the coils were not obliterated show that in this type, at least, no base mold was used; the entire piece was built up by coiling.
3 HAWLEY] PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMENTS 7 The coiling leaves the surface rough; the woman smooths it with a small paddle cut from a piece of gourd rind or with a wooden paddle that is slightly larger. In those wares on which no slip was used, as the ancient San Juan massed black-on-white and the modern Hopi, this smoothing is prolonged until a thin emulsion of the finest particles of clay comes to the surface and so fills in the pores that the appearance of a slip is produced. After the smoothing, the Hopi woman allows the pottery to dry somewhat and then rubs it down with a piece of white sandstone. In slipped ware, the slip is now applied and dried, and the vessel is given a final polish with a waterworn pebble; unslipped ware is similarly polished. The woman mixes her pigments in a small stone metate or in a more modern cup and applies them with homemade brushes of yucca fiber. Prehistoric artists used paint slates, tablets, or stone cups as well as metates for grinding and mixing their colors. After the colors have dried for a few hours, and the modern Hopi finds the oven of the white man s stove most efficient for this process, a number of the completed vessels are stacked and fired in an outdoor oven of slabs of dried sheep dung; the same material was used for fuel. The cracks of the oven are filled with small pieces of the dung, so that a red heat may be obtained, a temperature that will burn the pottery to almost the hardness of porcelain. Firing lasts for only about an hour. Little of the ancient pottery was of as fine clay or as well burned as the modern Hopi ware except for that massed black-on-white ware that is characteristic of the San Juan and particularly of Kitsil and Betatakin ruins in the Segi canyon. Underburning gives a bad color and weakens the vessel; overburning discolors the pigments and the clay. Before the Spaniards brought sheep and cattle into this country wood and perhaps a little coal was used for fuel, and open fires or ovens of stone slabs leaned together must have been used. YELLOW, RED, AND WHITE PIGMENTS The firing changes the colors of many of the pigments and makes them permanent. The white clay that the Hopi use for the walls of their pottery turns to cream or even to buff in firing and
4 74 AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST [N. S.,,99 may become orange if overfired. This is due to a slight content of yellow iron oxide in the clay. The yellow ochre, limonite, (Fez0Hz0), is ground and used for the walls of their red ware and for any red designs on the light ware; upon firing, the yellow iron oxide changes to red iron oxide, (FeO), with a deep brownish red color. The modern Hopi do not slip their vessels; the high polish produced by patient rubbing with a smooth pebble produces a background which so simulates a slip that it is usually mistaken for one. The same yellow clay was used for the slip of the Little Colorado black-on-red ware, and in a less pure form and color, for the exterior of the Middle Gila polychrome vessels and for the great amount of undecorated red ware found all through the Southwest. Guthe reports that the orange-red slip used on the bases and on the interior of olla lips at New Mexico pueblos is of a mustard yellow shade until fired. This yellow iron oxide burns to a lighter red than that used by the Hopi, and unlike the Hopi, these people use a red iron oxide wash for their dark red slipped decorated ware. Equal amounts of rock temper and white clay are mixed with water and are made into cakes which are dried and stored away. When needed for use, these cakes are broken up and enough is put into water to give it a milky opaque appearance. To this is added an indefinite amount of the red clay, the amount depending upon the shade desired. Stevenson, speaking of the Zuiii, wrote, The materials used to produce the red or brown colors is a yellowish impure clay, colored from oxide of iron; indeed it is mainly clay, but contains some sand and a very small amount of carbonate of lime [It] is generally found in a hard, stony condition and is ground in a small stone mortar.... and is mixed with water so as to form a thin solution. The Hopi claim to use no red clays or pigments except for body paints. Oval pats of clay mixed with ground hematite to produce a deep red body paint were found in Turkey Hill ruin, near Flagstaff. The clay was added to give thickness to the paint. These pats had been bored with a transverse hole so that a string might be run through them for suspension. Dead white or grayish white clays were used for the white paint, and, containing no oxide of iron, did not change color in firing. Stevenson found inodern Pueblo Indians using
5 HAWLEY] PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMENTS 7 5 a fine white calcareous earth, consisting mainly of ground feldspar with a small proportion of mica. The material used for white paints may have varied somewhat among the tribes but must always have been some mineral free from iron oxides. Kaolin clay was probably the most commonly used. Black paints have hitherto been the subject of some conjecture. Carbon paints containing no silica would immediately burn off; graphite is much too rare for general use as a paint. The balls of carbon which are occasionally found in ruins were intended for body decoration and not for pottery; such material could not have been made permanently adherent. In 90 Hough spoke of the black paint of the Little Colorado region- the basis of which is iron ore, but the secret of its mixing, whether with alkaline salts or resin, is lost,.... The present study of black paints, which has thrown some light upon that secret, has been carried on through chemical tests made of the prehistoric paints. The data so secured were correlated with those from similar tests of modern Pueblo pottery paints. The results indicated that in their pottery decoration, as in many other fields, these descendants of the prehistoric peoples have carried on the traditions and customs of their ancestors and that an examination of the materials and of the preparation of the modern paints might be expected to furnish those connecting links of fact that are not apparent in a deductive study. The apparent constancy of a paint type in an area in one or more periods led to an investigation of the relationships between culture areas as indicated by the change in paint areas in different periods. TYPES AND TESTS OF BLACK PIGMENTS On the basis of tests made the black paints used on prehistoric pottery may be divided into four main classes:. Plain carbon similar to soot or lamp black, applied by smudging. (Not a true paint.). Carbon protected by a thin, adherent, transparent film of an easily fusible silicate. This is the vegetal extract paint.
6 6 AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST IN. s.,,99. Carbon protected by the silicate, with the addition of red iron oxide (Fe0s), or yellow iron oxide) FeZOsHz0), which burns to FezOs. 4. Paint containing chiefly some manganese oxide, (MnOJ, (Mn,04), or (MnOOH). Type. Smudge.--For some years it was thought that those vessels showing a satiny black interior had been treated with a glaze paint and that those with rough, dull black interiors had been covered with dull paint. Test indicates that these pieces were smudged black by the same method as that used by the women of San Ildefonso. After the vessel is fired it is filled with smoldering organic material and kept warm upon the coals. This treatment deposited carbon around the particles of clay of the slip or of the polished surface where there was no slip. In some cases the darkened film of clay is thin; with longer subjection to the smoldering matter, carbon was driven halfway through, or, rarely, entirely through the walls of the vessel. The dull or shiny appearance of the finished surface is due to the relative amounts of polishing the surface receives before firing. Cushing describes a slightly different process which would produce the same smudged effect. Vessels while still hot from a preliminary burning, if coated externally with the mucilaginous juice of green cactus, internally with pinon gum or pitch, and fired a second or even a third time with resinous wood-fuel, are rendered absolutely fire-proof, semi-glazed with a black gloss inside, and wonderfully durable. The gum and juice when heated in a slow fire would deposit carbon around the clay particles of the slip just as when the vessel was filled with organic material and heated. In an open draft mufile or with an oxygen torch, heat the sherd to redness and maintain that approximate temperature for two or three minutes. If the torch is used, the flame must be moved over the sherd so that plenty of oxygen may reach the surface. Carbon deposited by smudging will burn out, leaving the clay its original color. The depth to which the carbon has penetrated will determine the length of time it will require for burning out. Paint which is purely vegetal in composition and which has not burned onto the pottery would also burn off, but such paints
7 HAWLEY] PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMENTS are very rare, the black paint used by the modern Pima and Papago being the only type I have found to burn off, and some of these people claim that they use the commercial paint. Differentiation between paints and smudges in such cases is not difficult. Smudges can only be applied in large undefined areas or over an entire surface; only paints may be applied in areas decorated with designs. An examination of a cross-section of the wall of the vessel will indicate whether smudge, which penetrates the wall, or paint, which scarcely sinks into the surface has been used. In testing, the temperature to which a sherd is subjected must not be high enough for the surface to become fused. If the black paint gives no reaction to test, it should be tested for type or paint. Types and (Carbon: Carbon and Iron).-The carbon paint of type was applied as a vegetal extract. Type consisted of a similar solution, to which was added iron oxide. In both types the carbon was protected by a silica film or incipient glaze. The silica film of these types of paint must not be confused with any heavy glaze which covers the surface of a pigment. It is rather a very thin coating which surrounds individual particles or groups of particles of carbon and which, in testing, must be removed by treatment with hydrofluoric acid before the carbon may be burned out. This film protected their paint during firing. Occasionally a white crystallization of the glaze material may be seen along the edges of bands of black paint. In a study of prehistoric paints, it is obvious that although the physical and chemical properties of the paints used might be ascertained, there is no possible way of discovering how the paints were prepared, or, in the case of black paint, in what form the carbon was applied. After proving by test, however, that the black paint of the Hopi corresponds exactly to type of the prehistoric paints, a collection of Hopi paint materials was made, together with information concerning their preparation. It will be noted that the only difference between paints of types and is the presence of iron oxide in the latter. Thus, a study of Hopi black paint before the iron oxide is added may be expected to explain type.
8 78 AMERlCAN ANTHROPOLOGIST IN. S.,, 99 Walpi and Hano on the First Mesa are the only Hopi pueblos in which pottery is made. Some of the specimens of paint ingredients obtained came from Humisi of Walpi; the others, and corroborative evidence concerning their preparation, were given by Nampeo, most famous potter of Hano. Humisi is Hopi; Nampeo is Tewa, but the methods of their art are exactly alike. A small bushy plant of the genus Sophia, one of the Mustard family, springs up on the Hopi reservation in the fall, grows to about eight inches high during the winter, breaks into yellow blossoms in the spring, and dies in April. The women pull up the little plants about March, dry them, and store them for the future. When black paint is to be made, the plants are boiled in water for several hours, the fibrous parts are removed, and the solution is again boiled until it becomes black, thick, and syrupy. The thick fluid is poured into corn husks to dry and harden. Several days are required for this hardening, but the Zuiii, who use the Guaco or Bee plant, Cleome serrulutu or integrefolia, prepare it similarly, and claim that the paint is better if left to harden for several months before using. Some Zuiii boil their liquid several times so that it is quite thick when it is poured out on a board to dry in the sun. The hard cakes so produced may be kept for an indefinite period. A small amount of this hard black material, no matter how small, they assured me, is dissolved in a little water on a tiny metate or in a stone paint grinder. Both Hopi and Zufii rub a small block of hematite over the stone until enough iron oxide is ground off to make the solution about as thick as gravy. The paint is applied to the pottery with brushes made by shredding out the fibers of one end of a piece of yucca leaf about three inches long. Brushes vary in thickness according to the size of the line for which they are intended. Different species of the C leome and of the Mustard are common throughout the Southwest and were probably used where those mentioned here were not indigenous. In considering paint of type, the analysis would be of only the plant extract, for the paint consisted of this dissolved in water with no addition of other matter. The extract analyzed as follows:
9 HAWLEY] PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMEA'TS 79 Volatile and combustible % Ash % The volatile matter consists of various combinations of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. Partial analysis of ash: Silica (SiOJ % Alumina (AO8) Iron oxide (Fe0) Lime (CaO) Magnesia (MgO).....I Alkalies (KzO) and (NazO) Considerable of carbon dioxide, (COz) combined with the alkalies and the lime is also present. The chemical analyses given in this paper were done by F. G. Hawley, Chief Chemist of the International Smelter, Miami, Arizona. Mr. Hawley is likewise responsible for some of the tests which are here given. It is apparent that this vegetal extract contains two widely different substances, the carbonaceous matter, which is composed principally of carbon and hydrogen and thus obviougly entirely combustible, and the mineral matter which burns to ash. The principal constituents of this ash are sodium carbonate and potassium carbonate; both are alkalies which act alike in these paint reactions. Minor constituents of the ash are silica and lime. Alkali carbonates are among the few mineral substances that will melt at a fairly low temperature. The pottery clay is predominantly silica and contains a little soluble alkali. In type, the iron oxide contains silica as an impurity, which being finely ground, is easily available. The silicates and the carbonates melt to form a silicate film over the carbon, a film too thin to actually warrant being called a glaze. It is transparent and leaves the black appearance of the carbon, which will not be burned out if the vessel is kept surrounded with burning fuel which will exclude the oxygen during the time the film flows over and around those particles. If this vegetal paint is heated in air, all of the carbonaceous matter burns out, but when oxygen is excluded, the hydrogen
10 740 AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST [N. S.,,99 combined with a definite amount of the carbon volatilizes; the rest of the carbon is left as a black residue, which, after it is protected by the silicate film, will not burn off even with excess air. The only exception is the occasional slow burning off of carbon when oxygen diffuses through the film. This, in type, leaves a reddish brown color from the iron oxide residue. Black-on-white ware is sometimes found with the paint black on one side of the vessel and burned to a light brown on the other. Occasionally a vessel is seen in which all of the paint has been burned to red brown. In the firing process, the film of fusible silicate aids considerably in sintering the carbon or the carbon and iron oxide of the paint to the slip and so prevents any possible washing or rubbing off. Red iron oxide paints also contain silica and alkalies and so in firing sinter to the clay of the vessel and become permanent, but white paint, which contains only a trace of alkalies, is sometimes easily removed. Test With a platinum or a glass rod or even with a splinter of wood, apply a drop of hydrofluoric acid (HF) to a cold sherd and allow it to trickle across the paint. If the acid is absorbed before the end of ten seconds, apply a second drop in the same place and in similar manner. In from 0 to 45 seconds or after the acid is all dried or absorbed, place the piece in an open draft mufle and ignite to a red heat for about five minutes. Remove from the muffle and examine when cold; the color changes in cooling. If an oxygen torch is being used for the tests, do not heat the sherd while even slightly damp, for the heated acid will give the pottery a reddish brown tint that makes accurate observations impossible. Applying the acid to a warm sherd is to be avoided for the same reason. If the paint tested was composed of carbon protected with a thin layer of silicate, type, the acid will have liberated the carbon from the silica, and the black will have burned entirely off or will have left only a shadowy gray streak. The gray may be due to the paint which penetrated the surface and so has not been affected by the heat or acid. Test is practical for common use in distinguishing carbon
11 HAWLEY] PREHISTORIC POTTERY FIGMENTS 7 paints of type, but for a final test for carbon in any doubtful paint, a chemical test using an asperator may be resorted to. Hydrofluoric acid is an almost universal solvent, but it will not attack carbon. When applied to the pottery, it would, if strong enough and left for enough time, dissolve not only the silica film of the paint, but also any iron oxide in the paint or slip, and even the whole sherd. Hence, it is necessary to limit the amount used and the time it is allowed to be in contact with the paint. Practice rather than any rule is the only way of obtaining good results, especially on new types of pottery. Used as directed, the HF attacks the fine clay of the surface and dissolves it so that it may be easily washed or rubbed off. The necessary limiting of HF will frequently prevent its action on paint that has penetrated below the surface. Test. Iron and Carbon If the paint is composed of carbon and iron oxide, protected by the silica film, the carbon will be burned out by test, but the iron will be left as a reddish brown stain on the surface. Porous ware will quickly absorb the acid, so that two applications are often necessary. Some surfaces, as that of the Kayenta polychrome, are quickly eaten away by the acid, so that nothing is left to be tested. In treating these, the acid must be made to trickle across quickly and drop off at the side or be washed off with a light jet of water. Hard surfaces and thick paint coats, especially those of the black-on-red wares, require long acid treatment, ranging from two to six applications. Should there be oil on the sherd in amounts enough to prevent the HF from wetting it, the oil should be driven off through gentle heating. Although this test is simple and gives good results on black-onwhite wares, it sometimes fails on black-on-red. If the black paint of a red sherd gives no reaction to test, it is probably due to one of two causes. The paint may be of type 4, containing manganese, which must be determined through other chemical tests, or the red iron oxide of type paint may have been changed to black iron oxide, or magnetite, during the original firing of the vessel. Magnetite remains on the sherd after the carbon has been burned
12 74 AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST [N. s.,,99 out, but as it is black in itself, we cannot determine whether the paint contains the black iron oxide or the magnetite until it is chemically tested. The polychrome of the Kayenta region is the only ware so far discovered to be decorated with paint consisting principally of manganese oxide, although some others have been found to contain some manganese as an impurity in the red iron oxide paint. For a final test for iron and for the manganese test the paint must be removed from the sherds by acid. Select a sherd on which there is a /4 to / inch mass of black paint. Warm slightly. Moisten with two or three drops equal parts HF and HC and leave for one or two minutes. Add one or two drops more of HCI. This will have loosened the paint so that it may be rinsed into a porcelain dish. Rub the remaining streak of disintegrated paint with a glass rod to loosen the particles still adhering and rinse into the same dish. Keep amount of water used at a minimum. Test a. Iron To the paint removed by the above method, add two to eight drops HCl and two drops of sulphuric acid, (HS04). Boil to dense fumes of sulphuric. (Only the two drops of HaSO, will be left in the vessel and dense white smoke will rise from it.) Add one teaspoonful of water and agitate until dissolved. Pour / of the solution into a test-tube or beaker and add two or three drops HC and about 00 mg. potassium ferrocyanide (KsFe(CN)s). A resulting strong blue color indicates iron. As all pottery contains some iron, and as it is usually especially plentiful in the slip, the depth of the color obtained must be taken into consideration. If carbon was present in the paint, it will be seen as minute black particles floating in the solution until the sulphuric acid begins to fume. Test 4. Manganese Pour remainder of paint solution not used in test for iron into a test tube. Add to it an equal amount of nitric acid (HNOJ) and from 00 to 00 nig. sodium bismuthate. The solution must
13 HAWLEY] PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMENTS 74 not be warm. A resulting purple color indicates the presence of Mn. CONCLUSION From the table it will be seen that carbon paint was developed in the San Juan in the early stages of pottery making, for it is found on the crude black-on-white ware made by the people of the circular pit houses. Carbon paint was used on black-on-white ware in this area, with the exception of Chaco canyon, to the end of the late prehistoric pueblo period. If carbon paint was the type for this area, why do we find manganese paint used on the Kayenta polychrome? This might seem to indicate a lack of constancy in paint types, but further consideration will furnish a reason that at present seems more plausible. After firing, the yellow clay used for the polychrome ware has not the hard porcelain texture noticeable in the white clay of this region. This yellow clay was very soft and friable and would not take a high polish; neither would it provide a surface firm enough to take and preserve a carbon paint. When applied to the porous surface, the plant extract would sink into the pores and would not be well enough protected by the silicate film to withstand firing; the carbon would soon be burned out. It could have taken but few trials to convince the people of this, and, not being used to the more resistant carbon and iron paint used by their neighbors of the Little Colorado, they probably tried dark clays and minerals until they found that one which would be permanent on the friable clay. Manganese occurs in black nodules and also in the dark clays around the edges of ponds, streams, and marshy lands. It would be natural to try this material early in their search, and, finding it suitable for their needs, they adopted it for their polychrome pottery but adhered to their old, more easily obtainable vegetal extract for the black-on-white ware on the hard surface of which it adhered well. Over just what area the earliest black-on-white paint extended has not been determined as yet, but it covered the general San Juan area with the exception of Chaco canyon and the Lucachuca mountains, from where the Vandal Cave material was gathered.
14 744 AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST [N. S.,,99 Both of these districts come into that great southern and eastern area which used iron and carbon combined in their paint during the whole period of prehistoric pottery making. The circumference of this area stretched out or receded as the influence of its people increased or decreased. MAP Before the great days of Cliff Palace or of Pueblo Bonito, while Kitsil and Betatakin and other great pueblos of the San Juan were still in their early stages, making the wide line black-onwhite ware that came in at the beginning of the great Pueblo
15 HAWLEY] PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMENTS 745 period, and when Tularosa black-on-white was the type ware for the Middle as well as for the Upper Gila, carbon paint seems to have been used from Mesa Verde to Kayenta, at Flagstaff, and in the Jeddito valley and Hopi country. Iron paint was used at Pecos, Pueblo Bonito, in the Little Colorado valley, in the White mountains of Arizona, in the Verde valley, in the Roosevelt district and in those adjacent regions north of the Gila river between San Carlos and Gila bend, which region may be designated as the Middle Gila, in the Upper Gila and Tularosa, and on the Mimbres (see map ). On this map and following, dotted lines indicate iron-plus-carbon paint area, and unbroken lines indicate carbon paint area. It will be noticed that these sites from which sherds were tested, when plotted on a map readily divide themselves into two great areas, each of which used one of the two main types of black paint. This distribution seems to have remained unchanged until some time after the massed black-onwhite was developed in the San Juan. The next period, following closely on the first, shows a new type of ware in the northern section of the Middle Gila; the Little Colorado influence had come south and Little Colorado black-on-red ware was introduced. As type paint had already been used on the Tularosa black-onwhite ware, however, the new influence did not affect the paint distribution as plotted on map. The first important change in paint areas came with a new pottery development in the Roosevelt district of the Middle Gila, which would seem to indicate the strength and far-reaching influence of the carbon paint area at that time. This is the period of the early Middle Gila polychrome, that black-on-whi te-on-red ware which seems to be the result of a combination of the blackon-red and the black-on-white hitherto predominant in this area. The new polychrome ware was characteristically decorated with dual-quadrate designs, those designs in which there are usually four large individual triangular duplicate design areas arranged around a simplified swastika, so that the center of the bowl is left undecorated. There are variations to the design arrangements. These characteristics and the use of carbon paint here seem to be a sure reflection of northern influence (see map ).
16 746 AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST [N. s.,,99 Soon after the birth of this early Middle Gila polychrome ware came the decay of Pueblo Bonito, and slightly later of Cliff Palace. This period marked the beginning of the decline of the carbon paint area, and, as we might expect, the iron paint began to expand into what had been the carbon paint districts. Little Colorado influence stretched out into the Jeddito valley and the Hopi country on the north, to Flagstaff on the west, and to Casas Grandes, Chihuahua on the south. Except at Casas Grandes, Little Colorado black-on-red ware which was decorated with type paint replaced the old San Juan black-on-white (see map ).
17 HAWLEV] PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMENTS 4 The final abandonment of the great pueblos of the Kayenta section of the San Juan came soon after and marked the last use of carbon paint in the north. The vegetal extract paint was still used on the late Middle Gila polychrome, the commonly known degenerate ware which grew out of the early Middle Gila poly- chrome. The late polychrome spread west to Phoenix and on to Gila bend, and south to Casa Grande, in both of which districts the red-on-buff characteristic of the southern Middle Gila area had been predominant. On the Middle Gila carbon paint was used
18 748 AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST [N. S.,,99 until the end of the prehistoric Pueblo period. The iron paint area had been shrunk somewhat by the loss of Pueblo Bonito, but in the main it occupied much the same area as previously (see map 4). MAP 4 After the northern carbon paint area had entirely disappeared, Jeddito yellow ware became popular in the Jeddito valley and in the Hopi district; glazes C and D were developed in the Little Colorado country, and glazes I,, and were used at Pecos. Now the Middle Gila culture, last to use carbon paint, disap-
19 HAWLEY PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMENTS 49 peared. It has been debated whether Sikyatki ware belongs to a very late prehistoric or an early historic period, but at Sikyatki and throughout the Jeddito section iron paint lasted on to the end. Pecos made glazes IV, V, and VI and then was no more. Zufii used glazes E and F even into modern times but now has gone back to the old dull paints. Thus we find iron paint lasting on into the present period in the pueblos of the Hopi in Arizona and in the villages of the Zuiii and other Pueblo Indians in New Mexico. In time there must be changes and addition to this brief history of pottery paint and to the summary of cultural expansions and influences as indicated to an important extent by a study of paints. As every evidence would indicate that in their use of paint materials they were even more conservative than in their selection of designs, the testing of an adequate number of representative sherds might be expected to fill in many details in the movements and influences of a people. In the work already done, the type of paint used in each pueblo from which pottery was tested was plotted with pins on a large map, so that areas were even more evident than they seem on a small map where it was only possible to use crosses to indicate districts, not individual pueblos. Obtaining sufficient sherds of the earliest types of wares to determine whether carbon or iron paint was the first to originate, or whether each originated at about the same time in different areas, has been impossible as yet, but after such material is available new light may be shed on some of the perplexing problems of the earliest pottery makers of the Southwest.
20 750 AMERlCAN ANTHROPOLOGIST [N. S.,. 99 TABLE OF BLACK PAINTS Carbon Paint Area AREAS San Juan-circular pit house... Kayenta... WARES TESTED -~. Black-on-white... Massed back.on.white... Kayenta polychrome... Wide line black-on-white (early) 4 Segi canyon... Kitsil... Massed black.on.white... Wide line black.on.white.... Kayenta polychrome... 4 Betatakin Massed black. on.white... Wide line black.on.white... Kayenta polychrome... 4 Red lake Wide line black.on.white.... Kayenta polychrome... 4 Nietsie canyon... Mesa Verde..... Cliff Palace Flagstaff... Turkey Hill ruin Elden ruin Old Caves Acropolis* Ruin mile S. E. of Winona Young s Creek ruin Young s Creek ruin Oraibi. early*... Jeddito valley... Sikyatki Kokopiny ama Lululongturqui Kawaikuh Biddahoochee Massed black.on.white... Kayenta polychrome... Black-on-white Black-on-white... Plain red, black interior... Black-on-white... Plain red, black interior... Black-on-white... Black-on-white... Plain red, black interior..... Black-on-white... Plain red, black interior... Black-on-white... Massed black-on-white... Massed black.on.white... Black-on-white... Black-on-white... Massed back.on.white... Black-on-white... * Sites marked with an asterisk will be found in both tables 4
21 HAWLEY] PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMENTS Carbon Paint Area (Continued) 75 AREAS I WARES TESTED -- - Middle Gila Miami-Globe district Hairpin ruin* Hilltop House* Beed Mountain House Healey Terrace Sunburnt Ranch-I Togetsoge Casa Grande San Carlos Bird ruin Roosevelt district.., Tonto Cliff Dwellings I I Early Middle Gila polychrome. Late Middle Gila poly ,. Plain red, black interior Little Colorado black-on-red... Early Middle Gila poly..,.,... Plain red, black interior Corrugated, black interior..,,. Late Middle Gila poly...,..... Plain red, black interior Corrugated, black interior.,... Late Middle Gila poly..,.,,,.. Plain red, black interior.,,.,., Late Middle Gila poly Late Middle Gila poly.., Plain red, black interior,.,.... Late Middle Gila poly...,,,,,. Plain red, black interior Late Middle Gila poly.., Plain red, black interior.,,,... Little Colorado black-on-red Early Middle Gila poly , Late Middle Gila poly......,,, Corrugated, black int Plain red, black int.....,..,,. Late Middle Gila poly...,...., PAINT TYPE '
22 75 AMERlCAN ANTHROPOLOGIST [N. S.,. 99 Iron plrrs Carbon Point Area AREAS Little Colorado area. White Mountains Saw Mill Silver Creek valley Forestdale Shumway Showlow Snowflake Linden Pottery hill Chaves pass Little Colorado valley Hawikuh Puerco St. John s Tucker ruin Petrified Forest Canyon Butte Wash Stone Axe ruin McDonald s canyon Chaco canyon.... Pueblo Bonito Jeddito valley.... Sikyatki WARES TESTED Black-on-white Corrugated. black int. Black-on-white.... Little Col. black-on-red.. Little Col. black-on-red... Jeddito yellow... Little Col. black-on-red.... Black-on-white... Corrugated, black int... Little Col. black-on-red.... Black-on-white.... Little Col. back.on.red... Black-on-white... Corrugated, black int.... Little Col. black-on-red.... Jeddito yellow.... Black-on-white... Black-on-whi te.... Little Col. black.on.red... Black-on-white... Jeddito yellow.... Plain red, black int... Little Colorado black.on.red... Black-on-white... Corrugated, black int.... Plain red, black in t.... Jeddito yellow.... Black-on-white... Little Col. black-on-red.... Early black-on-white Black.on.white.. Little Col. black-on-red PAINT TYPE *
23 HAWLEY PREHISTORIC POTTERY PIGMENTS Iron plus Carbon Paint Areu (Continued) 7.5 AREAS Kokopin yama Lululon turq ui Kawaikuh Awatobi Oraibi.... Verde valley... Clemenceau Sngar Loaf mountain Montezuma s castle Ridge ruin Middle Gila.... Miami-Globe district Hilltop House* Black-on-White ruin Sunburnt Ranch ruin Koosevelt district* Numerous ruins San Carlos Bird ruin* WARES TESTED Jeddito yellow.... Sikyatki ware.... Little Col. black-on-red... Jeddito yellow..... Jeddito yellow... Little Col. I>lack-on-red.... Sikyatki ware.... Jeddito yellow.... Little Col. black-on-red.... Jeddito yellow... Sikyatki ware..... Little Col. black-on-red.... Jeddito yellow..... Sikyatki ware.... Little Col. black.on.red... Black-on-white... Jeddito yellow.... Little Colorado black-on-red... Jeddito yellow.... Jeddito yellow.... Little Col. black.on.red... Tularosa black-on-white.... Plain red, black int.... Corrugated, black int.... Tularosa black-on-white.... Little Col. black-on-red.... Tularosa black-on-white..... Tularosablack.on.white... Little Col. black-on-red.... Plain red, black int... Corrugated, black int.... Little Col. blac.k.on-red... Tularom black-on-white... Red on smudged black, buff exterior.... PAINT TYPE 7
24 754 AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST [N. ~.,,99 AREAS Upper Gila.... Bylas Mimbres... Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.... WARES TESTED PAINT TYPE --- Tularosa black-on-white... Little Col. black-on-red,... Plain red, black int..... Tularosa black-on-whi te... Little Col. black-on-red.... Corrugated, black int..... Black-on-white... Polychrome.... ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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