Message #64:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Babocomari Polychrome
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 96 10:53:00 MST
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[ATTN SASIG Readers:  Please respond directly to lith@primenet.com]

I have initiated a long-term research project in the upper San Pedro River 
valley, in association with Cochise College, the local chapter of AAS, and 
Site Stewards.  One of the questions we have is: how wide is the trade 
distribution of our local ceramic series, Babocomari Ware? It is white 
slipped, with mica intentionally added to both the paste and slip. The paste 
is soft and gray to pale salmon color. The white slip takes on a salmon or 
even gray color if fired to higher temperatures. The painted variant is 
usually a polychrome with red and black designs (Tanque Verde and Chihuahuan 
design elements), but there seems to be an earlier version with only one 
paint, which can range from reddish to black, depending on how thickly 
applied & firing temperature.

I recently recieved, for Cochise College, a huge local ceramics collection 
which includes a great deal of both Babocomari and Santa Cruz polychrome. I 
have two students researching the collection, and we will compare it to the 
provenienced part of the collection, which went to ASM.  After that, one of 
the best uses for my portion may be to trade to people who want a sample of 
Babo. in their comparative collection. In return, Cochise College needs more 
comparative pieces, especially Mogollon-Mimbres, and southwestern Anasazi 
sherds. Please pass on this information to interested researchers. From 
talking to many of you out there, I suspect Babo. Polychrome IS out there; 
but is "lost in the literature" when site analyses are done, because few 
people are familiar
with it.

Thanks!

Dr. Amy Campbell
Cochise College Anthropology Dept.
lith@primenet.com