Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Return to Half Bowl

When Tom showed the Half Bowl site to the BLM archaeologists last week the consensus was these were the largest pottery shards they'd seen in the Moab area. Though there were lots of pottery shards the biggest find was the granary under one of the ledges.


cyn said...

Congrats again on discovering these sites and artifacts. Must be quite a feeling. You probably said, but how old are these sites and drawings?

Tom said...

The BLM people called them sherd when I called them shard. When I got back I looked up shard and it's a broken piece of a lot of things including ceramics. Then I looked up sherd and it says it's an abbreviation for potsherd which says "a broken piece of ceramic material, esp. one found on an archaeological site." So technically I guess I should say sherd in the future but I ain't going back and fixing them all.

I went to my Layman's guide to Ancestral Pottery and I can't date the top of this pot. See how it has a lip on the top of it, I don't have any examples that have that lip that far out so I don't know about the sherds though I'm going to take my book with me sometime next week and look at the painted one and see if I can date that.

At the village site that I called false kivas they called some kivas and most "single room structures". Mystery to me?

As for the drawings, it looked like the ones on the ends were Fremont Indians. Fremont's made all their petroglyphs square. Sheep, people, mostly everything was squared off. The ones in the middle were somebody else, maybe Utes. Then there's the three Spanish petroglyphs which to me are the biggest find. The consensus among them seemed to be it was somebody that witnessed the Conquistadors coming through the area but they wouldn't venture which tribe. If I were to guess I'd say it was the Spaniards that did the petroglyphs. The style doesn't resemble anything up there. Usually around here most drawings are 600 to 3,000 or so years old. The three Spanish ones have to be more recent than that in my opinion.

Tom said...

My guess on the Spaniards was that the instrument to make them was so fine I didn't see it possible that it could have been the locals. I'm still checking but it appears the Utes may have had those kind of utensils and the skill.