Animated Object of the Day: 17th Century White Clay Basketry Impression Vessel from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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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.

Lauren Volkers scans the Cotton vessel using our lazy susan.

Lauren Volkers scans the Cotton vessel using our lazy susan.

 

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Categories: 17th century, Animation of the day, basketry, Jamestown Rediscovery, perishable technology | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

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