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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Stoneware Jug/Storage Vessel

April 18, 2019

Stoneware Jug/Storage VesselOne almost complete stoneware jug or storage vessel was recovered during the 2006 excavation of an early 1840s into the 1860s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  It has a gray saltglazed exterior, with an Albany slipped (dark brown) interior. The vessel has a flat lip and is wider at the rim than the base. It stands just under 6 inches tall and is about 9 inches across at the top, with a base about 6 inches wide. The interior has small, raised lines in a circular pattern that also run up the sides. These lines probably result from construction on a pottery wheel, or possibly from machine turning. Although the vessel has no maker’s mark or diagnostic design, Albany slipped interiors can date from the mid- to latter part of the nineteenth century.