Painted Ceramics of the Western Mound at Awatovi

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Author: Smith, Watson  (1897-1993)

Publisher: Peabody Museum

Pub Date: 1971

Binding: Paperback

Condition: Fair.  Binding tight.  Previous owner’s stamp on all 3 text blocks.  Upper front cover corner at spine edge has approx. 1/2″ x 1/2″ closed chip, and spine edge has approx. 1″ closed tear.  Some edge and corner wear.  “Munsell Chart for Identificaton of Ceramic Color Designations” included in pocket at rear.

Notes: Papers of the Peabody Museum No. 38.  With the possible exception of “One Man’s Archaeology”, this may be Watson Smith’s magnum opus.  As J.O. Brew says in the Foreword to this volume, “Watson Smith was eminently qualified to make this study.  No only had he laid the groundwork for it in Marsh Pass, but he was member of the staff of the Awatovi Expedition throughout the four years of major excavations at Awatovi, and had become intimately acquainted with another manifestation of the school of Hopi painting through his excavation and analysis of some 185 mural decorations (Smith, 1952).”  I wrote a blog post several years ago about Watson Smith, and nothing has changed my mind about him over the years.  ALL archaeological writing should be as good as Smith’s.

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