Pre-Columbian Pottery Sherds

During trips to sunnier climes in the North and Central America, I have noted the ubiquity of pottery sherds on the ground. Places like Tulum have a steady stream of tourist treading all over these artifacts. Sometimes it can be tricky to determine whether the sherds are from pre-columbian societies or more modern, historic times. My latest trip to Costa Rica was no different. On a casual hiking trail in Parque Santa Rosa, a mish-mash of sherds could be found alongside the trail.

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The proximity to a historic finca that produced ceramic roof tiles might explain some of the sherds, but further afield in the jungle, I found this sherd jutting out of a dry-stream bank (pictured in the shaded area of the photo).

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The large, undecorated sherd must have been part of an enormous pot at one time.

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I took the sherd to the ranger station where they put it on display with other local curios.

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I asked the rangers about the time frame of the artifacts and the indios indigenous that made them. Their response, presumambly in years, was “billiones.” Okay.

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