by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory
Today’s animation is a white clay basketry impressed vessel recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery. White clay was impressed on the interior of an American Indian basket in the early 17th century, presumably by tobacco pipe maker Robert Cotton. The basket did not survive the passage of time, but the negative impression did. Prior to the reconstruction of the mostly complete vessel, the Virtual Curation Laboratory scanned a single sherd, as detailed here. Lauren Volkers and I scanned this vessel on March 5, 2014 and Lauren created this animation.