St. Catherines Burnished Plain

from David Anderson's type description


The type St. Catherines Burnished Plain was originally formally defined by DePratter (1979: 131) based on materials in collections from WPA-era excavations at the mouth of the Savannah. The description was modified from an earlier unpublished study by William Steed The finish is a minority type at the mouth of the Savannah River.

Sorting Criteria

The exteriors are burnished while the interiors are careless smoothed; the burnishing is described as "often done in parallel alignments or resulting in undulating, 'fluted' surface" (DePratter 1991: 182). The paste is characterized by crushed sherds or clay/grog from 3 to 5 mm in maximum dimension. The grog/sherd temper elements are smaller, on the average, than in Wilmington Cord Marked assemblages.


Sea Island area of northern Georgia and extreme southwestern South Carolina, in the vicinity of the mouth of the Savannah River.

Chronological Position

Terminal Late Woodland / initial Mississippian (ca. AD 1000-1 50).

Primary References

DePratter (1979: 131;1991 :182 183), Steed (nd)