Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tucson's Pottery Project preserves ancient ceramics

[Source: Lee Allen, Indian Country Today] -- It's called ''The Pottery Project: 2,000 Years - 20,000 Vessels''; and while China may have its ancient Great Wall, the Arizona State Museum in Tucson has its brand-new Great Wall of Pots. The wall, actually a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall display of whole-vessel ceramics, is just a portion of the pottery that spans 2,000 years of life in the unique environments of the American desert Southwest and northern Mexico. ''Every one of the contemporary tribes in the Southwest that makes pottery is represented here in the largest and most comprehensive collection on Southwest cultures anywhere,'' conservator Nancy Odegaard said. ''You can find other fantastic museum collections elsewhere, but ours is far-reaching and outstanding in the breadth of our older works. Our oldest vessel, discovered not far away from the museum location on the University of Arizona campus, is about 2,000 years old.''

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Arizona State Museum.]