Original Author: Virginia Department for Historic Resources
Created: Late-twentieth-century photograph
Medium: Precolonial pottery
Publisher: Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Radford Ware Remnants at Crab Orchard Archeological Site
These pottery fragments, or sherds, were discovered during excavations undertaken in the 1970s at the Crab Orchard Archaeological Site, the location of an Indian village in Southwest Virginia near Pisgah that dates to between ca. AD 1400 and 1600. The limestone-tempered ceramic pieces shown here, known as Radford Ware, exhibit various forms of decoration: an incised pattern, castellations along the top of one rim, and ornamentation formed by finger pinches.