Andrew S. Veech


Colonoware vessels and vessel fragments have been recovered from numerous colonial and antebellum sites in Virginia, and the number of newly reported sites increases with each excavation season. What this growing corpus of Virginia colonoware presently requires, however, is an adequate, standardized typology for pottery classification, at both site-specific and regional scales. Here, the colonoware typology designed during analysis of collections from the Barnes Plantation (44FX1326), a mid-18th century tobacco plantation in Fairfax County, Virginia, is explained and offered for use elsewhere. Colonware sherds from contemporaneous northern Virginia plantation sites exhibit many of the same charcteristics as those found at the Barnes site, and thus the typology holds promise for region-wide use.