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The Antiquity of Pottery in the Northeast

  • William A. Ritchie (a1)


Radiocarbon dates indicate the beginning of fiber-tempered pottery in Georgia and Florida around 2000 B.C. In discussing the relative antiquity of ceramics in the Southeast and Northeast, Bullen rejects a radiocarbon date of 2448 B.C. for Vinette 1 pottery from the Hunter site, New York, because of dubious association of pottery and burial complex. The association is shown to be secure, but a new gas-method radiocarbon date of 841 B.C. for the same sample, removes the difficulty, and establishes an approximate age of 1000 B.C. for the earliest known Northeastern ceramics.



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Buixen, R. P. 1961 Radiocarbon Dates for Southeastern Fiber-Tempered Pottery. American Antiquity, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 104–6. Salt Lake Ciry.
Ritchie, W. A. 1955 Recent Discoveries Suggesting an Early Woodland Burial Cult in the Northeast. New York State Museum and Science Service, Circular 40. Albany.
Ritchie, W. A. 1959 The Srony Brook Site and Its Relation to Archaic and Transitional Cultures on Long Island. New York State Museum and Science Service, Bulletin 372. Albany.


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