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    Excellent information from the Logan Museum of Anthropology on line from Beloit, Wisconsin

All text and images are used courtesy of the Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College
All objects illustrated are in the permanent collection of the Logan Museum.


All Casas Grandes pottery types fall into the category of Chihuahua Red Ware.

Chihuahua Red Ware

Material: The clay is brown to light tan.
Construction: Coiling-and-scraping
Firing: Oxidizing atmosphere
Forms: Bowls and jars, effigies.

Mata Red-on-Brown
Viejo Period

Mata Red-on-Brown grew out of the earlier Victoria Red-on-Brown. These both developed from the textured wares prevalent during the Viejo period. 

Dublan Polychrome
Medio Period

Dublan Polychrome is found only in a narrow band along the Santa Maria River from just southeast of Paquimé up into southern New Mexico. The type probably grew out of Medanos Red-on-Brown, and is transitional to Ramos Polychrome.

Playas Red Incised
Medio Period

Playas Red Incised is found in the immediate vicinity of Paquimé, and along the Santa Maria valley to the southeast. This type is a later plain ware advancement over the earlier corrugated wares which had their origins in Mogollon land.

Corralitos Polychrome
Medio Period

Corralitos Polychrome Incised has a relatively small range, being found around Paquimé and a short distance to the south. It appears to be the polychrome version of Playas Red Incised.

Madera Black-on-Red
Medio Period

Madera Black-on-Red is found throughout the same range as Babicora Polychome, primarily to the south of Paquimé.

Babicora Polychrome
Medio Period

Babicora Polychrome was produced mainly in the region to the south of Paquimé, but it is found all the way into southern New Mexico.

Carretas Polychrome
Medio Period

Carretas Polychrome designs are similar to Babicora Polychrome, but are generally limited to a single band rather than multiple bands. The type is found primarily to the north and west of Paquimé.

Huerigos Polychrome
Medio Period

Huerigos Polychrome is identical to Carretas Polychrome, except that in addition to the red and black painted decoration, a white slip is also present.

Escondida Polychrome
Medio Period

Escondida Polychrome is very similar to the Salado Polychromes being produced in southeastern Arizona.

Villa Ahumada Polychrome
Medio Period

Villa Ahumada Polychrome is probably a precursor to Ramos Polychrome. Its range is nearly as wide, but it centers not in Paquimé but further to the east. Although the painted decoration is well executed, the slip is chalky and often flakes off.

Ramos Polychrome
Medio Period

Ramos Polychrome represents the pinnacle of achievement in Casas Grandes ceramics. Although the focus is around Paquimé, the type is more widespread than any other, covering the entire range of the Casas Grandes culture. 

Ramos Black
Medio Period

Ramos Black can be found over a wide range, from the Santa Maria valley to southern New Mexico and Arizona, but it is highly concentrated in the area around Paquimé.




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