This pottery jar is made of clay with ground clam shells used for tempering. It has four small lugs on the rim, used for suspension. The surface has punch mark designs made by pressing a blunt twig into the wet clay, as well as cross-hatch designs from lines made with a sharp stick. The jar's decorative lines and punch marks are not only for decoration, but serve to dissipate heat from the vessel, much like a radiator, allowing the jar to be used to cook in without breaking.
This local artifact was found on an Early Mississippian site in Holt County, Missouri, 900 to 1200 A.D.
The Remington Nature Center has five complete pieces of Native American pottery on display, as well as over 1,000 Native American artifacts.