modified potsherd query (shamelessly forwarded from artifact list)

Hugh W. Jarvis (hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 20:50:49 -0400

Can anyone help this person out? (Please reply to him and not me.)


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Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 16:14:32 -0400
From: Joseph Gray <JazzBone@AOL.COM>
Subject: Modified Potsherd Research Help

Dear Colleagues,

I am a senior anthropology major at Illinois Wesleyan University and am
currently beginning an undergraduate honors research project on the use of
modified potsherds in the prehistoric Southwest. I analyzed 402 modified
sherds from the repository at Ft. Burgwin Research Center which houses the
collections from Pot Creek Pueblo (TA-1). This category of artifacts is
comprised of potsherds that have been smoothed into various shapes-
predominately discs, trapezoids, and rectangles. They were believed to have
been used as gaming pieces, though I have read no ethnographic or Spanish
accounts of this usage. If you know of any such literature or research on
modified potsherds please let me know. If modified potsherds were used as
gaming pieces, I am interested in exploring gaming as a variable of exchange
in the Southwest. I am also interested in secondary usage of ceramics in
other cultures. I would greatly appreciate any assistance in exploring these

Joseph Gray