Gila Plain - Found throughout Hohokam history

Gila Plain was one of the earliest of the Hohokam types, being found as far back as 150 AD. It was made using the paddle and anvil technique, where clay was spread and thinned over a bowl-shaped anvil. Vessels characteristically have flaring rims. Micaceous temper gives the surface the glittery quality typical of Hohokam pottery. This type persisted throughout Hohokam history.


Paste: Gray to brown
Temper: Coarse mica flakes
Surface: No slip and rough to the touch
Forms: Bowls and jars with flaring rims,scoops, plates; Gila shoulders later
Design: None


4" high
Phoenix, Arizona
Horatio N. Rust Collection
LMA 15160

Little information was available on this vessel. Because it came from the Phoenix area, it was probably of Hohokam origin. The vessel form is certainly reminiscent of later Gila types, and as a plain ware it seemed to best fit the characteristics of Gila Plain.