While rehousing (assessing and repackaging) a collection of prehistoric artifacts, the Curation staff at the MAC Lab discovered something verrrry interesting. The collection, from a Native American site on Mason Island (located in a chain of islands in the Potomac River), included many clay pottery sherds packaged separately, as if each came from a different vessel. Sharp-eyed State Curators noticed that the pieces fit together, like a large jigsaw puzzle, into what appears to be three unusually large pots. Two of the pots are tempered with crushed quartz and the third is shell tempered. All appear to be from the Late Woodland period (900 A.D. – 1600 A.D.) and are decorated with cord wrapped stick impressions.
Reassembled, that’s a big pot!