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Woodland Pottery – Lane Farm

Woodland pottery This partially reconstructed vessel is an example of Lane Farm rocker stamped pottery. It comes from a site in Prairie du Chien and suggests occupation of the site around AD 500-750 during the Late Woodland tradition (Stoltman and Christensen 2000). The decoration on the outside was made by a stamp, such as a worked shell, that the pottery maker rocked back and forth while pressing into the unfired clay, resulting in the crescent-shaped design. The stamping appears all across the outer surface of the surviving portion of the vessel.

Stoltman, James, and George Christensen
2000    The Late Woodland Stage in the Driftless Area of the Upper Mississippi Valley. In Late Woodland Societies: Tradition and Transformation across the Midcontinent, edited by Thomas Emerson, Dale McElrath, and Andrew Fortier, pp. 494-524. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.