Yeager-Badger Creek Partial Vessel

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The Yeager-Badger Creek Partial Vessel


Artifact Is: 3 Dimensional
Located at: Fort Morgan Museum
Artifact Significant To: Boulder, Colorado, Nation

Artifact Description:

The Yeager-Badger Creek Partial Vessel is a conical jar with flared walls.  It derives from the Early Ceramic period, the earliest pottery manufacturing period on the Plains.  All exhibiting characteristics -- rim shards, cords, and globular swell are attributes of Plains Woodland Pottery.  This a reconstructed vessel of 32 sherds.   It is a very large  whose function was probably utilitarian, most likely for storage since there is no sooting or evidence of cooking.  

Why Is This Artifact Significant?

This is a rare sample of the earliest pottery produced on the plains.  The vessel is on display in the permanent collection gallery of the Fort Morgan museum, and is one of our main attractions.  In addition, the artifact was included in the book:  Native American Ceramics of Eastern Colorado by Patricia B. Ellwood --Curator Adjoint University of Colorado Museum published in 2002. 

How Does The Artifact Relate To Colorado History?

The vessel was discovered seven miles south of Fort Morgan, Colorado in a gully near Badger Creek.  The site, covered in scrub oak vegetation, was excavated in 1954 by the University of Denver.  It was part of a collection given to the Fort Morgan Museum by the land-owners and descendants of pioneers.  This is a rare artifact from the Plains Woodland peoples in Colorado that lived a hunting and gathering existence with little dependence on horticulture.