"C" is for Colonoware

Sep 17, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"C" is for Colonoware. On historic-period sites in South Carolina, archaeologists often find locally made, hand-built unglazed pottery that was fired in open hearths rather than kilns. Vessels and sherds of this ware may be found on the sites of Indian camps and villages, the city lots of Charleston and other towns, underwater near wharves and ferries, and on small farms and plantations. This broad class of pottery has been termed colonoware. This pottery is most closely associated with Native Americans and African Americans, but associations vary considerably. Although the pottery was a distinctive local creation, it had roots and influences from Europe and Africa as well as North America. Generally, colonoware disappeared in the middle of the nineteenth century; however this broad class of pottery continued to be made into the twentieth century.