Exploring Ways of Knowing

Ancestral Puebloan Pottery

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Explore the types of pottery in the slideshow below. What can the shape and certain features tell us about how they were used or why they were created?


It is likely that bowls in prehistoric times were used as they are today: larger bowl are useful for mixing and preparing batches of food, and smaller bowls are convenient for individual servings. However, it is possible that multiple family members all served themselves out of a shared bowl.