3D Effigy Vessel from the Belcher Mound Site in NW Louisiana

Earlier this year, I spent some time at Northwestern State University in Northwest Louisiana to scan a collection of Caddo vessels from the Belcher and Gahagan sites. Many of these were illustrated and described by Dr. Clarence Webb; including this effigy vessel from the Belcher site.

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Dr. Webb’s  illustration (above) and description of this vessel:

Pottery vessel 3 of Burial 15, Belcher Mound, is a bird effigy vessel found with above 2 in NE corner. It is a small bowl of clay tempered ware, black core, and brown-black surface which is polished, with white pigment impressed into the engraved lines. The head is represented by a conical knob projecting at rim level, encircled by 5 parallel lines. The opposite tail is flat, at rim level, bifurcate or half-disc in shape, with 3 parallel arcs on the upper surface. Small flat tabs project from each side to represent wings, each also having 3 parallel arcs on upper flat surface, from base to tip. 3 parallel horizontal lines encircle the body of the bowl, just below the rim, except where they are interrupted by the projections. Convex base.

Many thanks to the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, NCPTT, Dr. Pete Gregory (NSU) and the Williamson Museum for the requisite permissions, funding and access needed to scan these important Caddo vessels. 

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3D Effigy Vessel (Anthropomorph) from the Miles Collection at ENMU

This ceramic effigy (anthropomorph) vessel comes from the Miles Collection, and is curated in the Department of Anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University. Many thanks to #ENMU for the requisite permissions and access needed to create this scan.

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3D Natchitoches Engraved Vessel from the Williamson Museum

Natchitoches Engraved vessel (Caddo) curated at the Williamson Museum on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and scanned with a GoSCAN50.

Many thanks to the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and the Williamson Museum for the requisite permissions and access needed to scan this important artifact.

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3D Hickory Engraved (Caddo) Bottle from the Allen Plantation Site

This Hickory Engraved (Caddo) bottle comes from the Allen Plantation site in Northwest Louisiana, and is curated at Northwestern State University.

Special thanks to the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and the Williamson Museum for the requisite permissions and access needed to make this scan.

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3D Clovis Point from the Blackwater Draw National Historic Site

This 3D Clovis point comes from a known context at the Blackwater Draw National Historic Site, and is curated at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. Many thanks to George Crawford and the Blackwater Draw Museum for the requisite permissions and access needed to scan this important artifact.

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