This vessel, found in Mound 4, is unusual for having two distinct designs on it. One (left) is a series of nested triangles. The other (right) is a combination of straight and curved lines. The lines on the right design separate areas that are smooth from those that are rocker-stamped.
The artist used a wooden or bone tool with a rounded tip to carve the wide lines on the clay while it was still wet. The tool that created the rocker stamping was a curved piece of wood, bone or shell whose edge had series of teeth, like a saw. Rocking the tool back and forth across an area produced the pattern of tiny indentations.
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