(Top) People decorated the Tchefuncte vessels with a variety of designs. Most of the designs have rectangular geometric patterns but a few had curving lines. Some vessels have lines drawn on the wet clay with a pointed or blunt tool.


     (Middle two) For some pots, as the tool was dragged across the surface, it was regularly jabbed into the surface. This technique created a row of dents, or punctates, connected by a line (drag and jab designs).


     (Bottom) Other vessels have big areas of punctates. Pushing a pointed tool into the damp clay created a group of shallow holes or punctates.


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Credit: R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates
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