Specimen 20 - S2000-5673 - CD2000-159-005
Exhibit Specimen 20
(CMCC VIII-E:00013)

The complete example of an Iroquoian vessel was donated to the Geological Survey of Canada in 1903 by Mr. James Lusk. He had found this and another complete specimen eroding out of the bank of a creek on his farm in Eardley Township, Québec.

Its more distinctive characteristics include castellations spaced out regularly along the rim, under which columns of circular punctates (Specimen 20 (detail): S2000-5672, CD2000-159-004) occur. The vessel's overall shape is a common featureof Iroquoian pottery over a quite wide area, but the punctates set it apart and identify it as a St.Lawrence Iroquoian type.

James Pendergast has suggested that caches of supplies were left by people travelling through unknown territory and that these two pots may represent the remains of such a cache.

For additional information see Exhibit Specimen 18.

Further Reading

Jamieson, J.B.
1990 The Archaeology of the St.Lawrence Iroquoians. In The Archaeology of Southern Ontario to A.D. 1650. Occasional Publication of the London Chapter, OAS, No.5:385-404.

Pendergast, J. F.
1991 The St.Lawrence Iroquoians: Their Past, Present and Immediate Future. The Bulletin (Journal of the New York State Archaeological Association), 102:47-74.

1993 More on When and Why the St.Lawrence Iroquoians Disappeared. In Essays in St.Lawrence Iroquoian Archaeology, edited by James F. Pendergast and Claude Chapdelaine. Occasional Papers in Northeastern Archaeology No.8: 9-47.

Sowter, T.W.E.
1909 Algonkin and Huron Occupation of the Ottawa Valley. The Ottawa Naturalist XXIII:92-104.

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