A small garden in the English style, set in the wilds of the northern Sonora Desert...
Amy, I'm using this post for replies to several of your Comments ... to make sure you get them. I found out yesterday that the water vessels of the regional Indians were woven! So baskets of sorts. These were sealed with pine pitch. As for the southern extent of the Laramide orogeny... I' not sure. I know that some of the ranges in northern New Mexico are Laramide. If I learn more, I will let you know.It's been great wandering around the West but really hard to keep up with online stuff! Hence the delay
Thanks so much for taking the time to reply, Hollis! I really appreciate it! No wonder the water vessels needed something as strong as pitch to seal them... It leaves open the question of the clay vessels, however; I'll have to check into that further ;-) Enjoy your wanderings!
More info! I stopped at Fremont Indian State Park in Utah to enjoy pictographs and the museum. I asked the archeologist/ranger about sealing baskets and pots. He thought that clay vessels were never glazed, at least not in their area. He said the clay there is sufficiently elastic that pots wouldn't leak. I asked if the Fremont used pitch on woven baskets (they're an older group - gone by 1350 AD). He said fragments of woven material with pitch have been found among Fremont artifacts. Pretty interesting ... thanks for starting the "thread"