St. Croix ceramic vessel

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    5 1/2 gallon capacity ceramic cooking vessel traceable to the St. Croix culture, which flourished in Minnesota and Wisconsin between 500 and 800 CE. The vessel itself dates to between 560 and 640 CE, and constitutes a complete example of St. Croix stamped pottery. Its exterior surfaces are punctated and cord-marked, with the impression of a finger-woven textile bag and decoration at the shoulder, neck and lip. Its temper is grit. Carbon residue on the vessel's interior contains evidence of wild rice.

    For details, view the vessel in our online collections database.

    Featured on the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections Up Close blog on May 7, 2012 (the link will not be viable until that date).

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