There are objects that I suspect are Perry Mesans, but I don’t know for sure, because documentation is sketchy or contradictory or non-specific or completely absent. The bane of a curator’s existence is uncertainty. For example, these pots.
They are a pottery type found on Perry Mesa, Los Muertos Polychrome, from the collection of a person who was even more obsessed with Perry Mesa than I am. Were they made on Perry Mesa? Probably not. Were they recovered from Perry Mesa? Entirely possible. So, no certainty here. No rest for the wicked, as my dad says.
Is it any wonder why I love systematic archaeology collections? We know so much more, and know it more certainly. There are still lots of questions to be answered, enough to last me my lifetime, at any rate.
Posted By Holly Young, Curator of Collections