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Oneota Pottery – Rim and Shoulder, Handle

Oneota pottery

This Oneota vessel was excavated in 1991 from a site south of Holmen, Wisconsin that consisted of a tight cluster of up to 85 pit features situated on a sandy rise surrounded by dark compact organic soil. Evidence suggests that cultural activities of relatively short duration took place at the site somewhere ca. A.D. 1450-1650.

The vessel consists of a large rim and decorated shoulder section and a rim and handle that belongs to the same vessel but does not attach to it. The rim is 0.79 cm (.311 in) thick and 4.48 cm high (1.76 in) (measured on the vessel exterior). It is only slightly out-flaring. The lip surface is notched by placing a tool flat on the lip at a right angle to the rim. The resulting tool impressions form "dimples" on the surface of the lip. The shoulder of this vessel has shallow tool trails that are about 0.63 cm (.24 in) wide which form bands of intersecting lines. The handle has three vertical finger trails of varying width. It attaches to the rim just below (0.83 cm, .32 in) the lip and has a maximum width of 4.60 cm (1.8 in).