Object Lesson: Inspect Your Whitewares

I’m working my way through the analysis of this year’s excavated finds from Dooley’s Ferry, which can be, at times, tedious. Going through the material from FSN10, one of the last levels excavated in Test Unit 3, I found this small whiteware sherd.

I know. Earth-shattering, right?

Herein lies the point. No matter how many bits of ceramic you go through, you have to inspect them all carefully, as the piece that may look like a plain old bit of broken whiteware can reveal completely different attributes under different lighting.

What looked before to be a plain sherd actually contains the remains of a beautiful polychrome transfer printed floral design.

Nails don’t do this. They’re just unpleasant (though instructive)

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