Sunday, October 28, 2012

Caddoan Bottle Vase

Caddoan Bottle
Southeastern United States

Mississippian culture pottery is the ceramic tradition of the Mississippian culture 800 to 1600 CE found as artifacts in archaeological sites in the American Midwest and Southeast. It is characterized by the use of shell tempering agents in clay paste. Shells from mussels found in the rivers was finely ground and mixed with local clay to form the pots. When the pots dried they were wood fired in a pit.

I just learned that Fort Walton Beach Florida has a museum with over 6000 artifacts from the Mound Builder culture and the finest collection of Fort Walton period ceramics in the Southeastern United States. I hope to visit the museum soon. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Not only is the Caddoan bottle vase beautiful, it is amazing that it survived, long after the artisan(s) who created it had died. Thank you.

  2. You always manage to find such interesting pieces. thanks for sharing - I look forward to seeing more fine Mississippian culture from the past

  3. Now I've read Binky's history and understand what you mean. Luckily there are nice people.


  4. what a real beauty of a pot.

  5. I'm looking forward to learning more about the museum and the artifacts you find there!

  6. Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, yes amazing any artifacts survive especially intact.

    Hi Anna, thanks, I was inspired by Lori's post recently and found out about that museum.

    Hi Elna, thanks, isn't that an amazing story, he is so lucky and the woman was so wonderful.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, yes great pot from so long ago.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, I can't wait to get up to that museum and the mound culture is so interesting too; our own Inca type culture here in North America.

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