Baskets

Traces of what may be basketry patterns are visible in these impressed lumps of fired clay from the Tucker site (41NU46). Although the fibrous plant material of which baskets were woven has long ago decayed and turned to dust, remnants such as these, along with historic accounts, attest to the importance of baskets, woven mats, and other objects made of plant fiber in coastal sites. Baskets may have been coated with clay to seal and strengthen them. Photo by Robert Ricklis.