Miami Circle - Artifacts - Ceramics


Most of the pottery sherds from the Miami Circle are from simple, undecorated bowls, though some decorated types are present, including Fort Drum Incised, Fort Drum Punctated, Opa Locka Incised, and Key Largo Incised. The pottery sherds help archaeologists date the site to around 500 B.C.-A.D. 1200, known as the Glades I and II periods. Pottery types brought in from neighboring areas include sherds of the Deptford series. Another indicator of regional exchange are fragments of at least one ceramic platform pipe. St. Johns Check Stamped and Glades Tooled types also were identified during the ceramic analysis, indicating some occupation during later time periods.

Table 1. Glades chronological sequences

Period Date Range
Glades IIIc A.D. 1513-1763
Glades IIIb A.D. 1400-1513
Glades IIIa A.D. 1200-1400
Glades IIc A.D. 1100-1200
Glades IIb A.D. 900-1100
Glades IIa A.D. 750-900
Glades I late A.D. 500-750
Glades I early 500 B.C.-A.D. 500

Table 2. Glades pottery types by period.

Glades III Glades II Glades I
C B A C B A Late Early
Historic Ceramics X
Glades Tooled X X
Surfside Incised X
Plantation Pinched X
Key Largo Incised X X
Matecumbe Incised X
Miami Incised X
Opa Locka Incised X X
Fort Drum Incised X
Cane Patch Incised X
Sanibel Incised X
Glades Plain X X X X X X X X
Goodland Plain X X X