More on Clay Balls from PNW

Post by Dianna Woolsey, PSU Graduate Student and PNW clay/pottery project Research Assistant  Last month Shelby posted about the remarkable spread of clay ball artifacts in both prehistoric and historic contexts, and the spread just keeps on spreading.  Two weeks ago I went to Lewis and Clark National Park in Astoria as part of our continuing research […]

Thoughts on Temper (or Tempered Thoughts?)

Post by Nikita Collier, PSU undergraduate and Archaeology Lab Intern Temper is material that is added to clay that changes the properties of ceramics as they are fired, preventing rapid shrinkage or expansion.  Temper also helps the clay heat evenly, which prevents cracking and breakage. All of the materials in the bags were collected from […]