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The shell temper process used in this pottery was made by burning and charring the shells and then pulverizing the shells.



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In the centuries immediately preceding the coming of the Europeans to the North American continent there was a widespread population of Indians along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Even though divided into many tribes, and speaking different languages, historians and archaeologist have identified these people and this particular time as, “The Mississippian Era”, and these people left their mark in history by their widespread making, and use of “Shell Tempered Pottery”.

Since these Indians did not have the potter’s wheel they made these bowls, pots, pans, and jugs by forming a rope of shell tempered clay, and starting at the bottom they wound this rope of clay around, pressing it together, forming the vessel as they came up. This pottery was then fired in ovens, which were made by digging a pit, or small cavern in riverbanks or hillsides.

After the firing process this pottery is water proof and durable enough to have lasted for over 600 years.

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