Textiles Revealed in Ceramic Impressions
Virginia Indian textiles are made from organic materials that decompose in the acidic soil over hundreds of years. Fortunately, archaeologists can still study them by examining ceramic vessels. Vessels were often impressed with fabric, netting, cordage, or basketry to produce a textural design on the clay surface. Thanks to this practice, archaeologists can reconstruct how these textiles would have been made hundreds of years ago. Click on the photos of the ceramic vessels to see the textile impressions in greater detail.