Abbott Farm Ware Ceramic Sherds
One of the most beautiful ceramic types produced by Late Woodland people is Abbott Farm Zoned Pottery. The vessels were carefully decorated with fine, elaborate designs that form geometric bands. The vessels were likely used in large ceremonial feasts between 1000 and 1400 C.E. in Prince George County on the southern Coastal Plain. They were found with hundreds of deer, turtle, turkey, mussel, gar, and sturgeon bones and shells. This suggests that the feasts occurred during the springtime, when these fish swim up the James River from the Chesapeake Bay to spawn. This annual event drew people to this location for at least 600 years. Click on an image to view the details of the designs, each of which is unique.