Anasazi Ceramics
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The Anasazi produced ceramic pottery for more than 1,400 years. Archaeologist believe that ceramic technology was first developed in Mexico, and then passed from one neighboring tribe to another until finally arriving in the Anasazi settlements sometime around 500 AD. Ceramic pottery was used much in the same way as we use our dinner ware. The Anasazi made ceramic storage containers, cooking pots, and eating utensils. They produced their gray and white ceramics by firing their vessels in the reduced oxygen of a smothered fire. Next, they covered them in geometric designs. However, at times, humanoid or animal figures were also depicted. Pots were dried in the shade to avoid cracks that occurred when there was rapid shrinkage. Most of the ceramics were produced by women, and each village had its own destinct style. Over the years the styles and colors changed. By 700 AD red pottery began to appear, and then in 800 AD long necked vessels became popular.