Is this Old indian pottery? Found during a fossil dig on the peace river in florida.

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gdog68

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Hello I found this about 12 years ago and I was young when we went on a fossil dig on the peace river in Florida. I went of the path of the fossils to see if there was something upstream and at first I thought it was a fossil turtle shell so I put it in my collection and didn't tell my tour guide what I found(looking back I really should have told him) because I thought it was just a common turtle shell. It has little peices of sand or quarts impeded in it with a weird design or pattern. I just went through my old dusty collection and I realized this might be somethin man made any thoughts?
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Without telling the whole story, I would ask the native tribes in the area.
 

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I know it was stupid of me to not to tell him what I found because that was most likely a cache of artifacts there. Probably whole pottery fragments and artifacts belonging to ancient tribes. But I don't know what tribe it would be. I was like 10
 
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If Native (75%) I'd say it was probably a drinking cup but there's no shell fragments in the side view...
 

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There aren't shell fragments in the pottery, there are crystals of quarts in it and has a very rough almost sandpaper-like feel/texture to it. If the pottery isn't a native tribe could it have been something traded with other tribes from other parts of the US?
 

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Native-Ams. were very big on l-o-n-g distance trade. Mollusk fragments were used as a binder in pottery making around the northeast. You would have to compare your example to other locally attributed examples. Those swirl like designs are among the oldest and found all over the world if they aren't natural. --Not a bad pick up for a ten year old.:) Congrats.
 

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Sure looks like it. Very common to stumble across pottery in Arizona a particular Southern Arizona which is where I am originally from. It looks like that's painting on there unless it is raised in which case I've never seen a raised design
 

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Nice piece, definitely Native, and definitely a raised design. Likely stamped using a paddle. I’ll check my book for the exact pattern.

Also don’t feel bad about not reporting it, there are ancient trash middens ALL OVER the Florida coast. Most have or had potsherds in them.
I think this painting depicts the Calusa Kingdom in south Florida, but it’s quite historically accurate. They ate so many oysters that the oysters started having thin shells and system collapse. If you know the area well enough, you can roughly date a site based on how thick each shell is.
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I would guess with some confidence that it’s Swift Creek Complicated Stamp.
 

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