Lowry Pueblo in Canyons of the Ancients Natl Monument
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Canteen

Canteen

Produced about AD 1100-1300, about 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. Decoration is in black paint on a white clay surface.

Designs of this period are more dense and precise than those from earlier times. Straps of yucca or leather may have passed through the two handle loops, allowing this vessel to be easily carried or hung from rafters inside the home.

Although these vessels are usually called "canteens," it is probable that the Ancestral Puebloans usually carried water in baskets lined with piñon pitch. These would have been larger and less fragile than this vessel.

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