Here are photos of two sherds from widely separated locations at Soto, a domestic site in the inland portion of the Camaná valley that was covered by the ash from the eruption of Huaynaputina in February 1600.

Of thousands of sherds recovered, these were the only two that may differ from the indigenous tradition. They appear to have a very thin, slightly olive-brown glaze with a satin gloss, but it is not thick and glassy enough to be certain, and it covers the vessels' bases.

Do these sherds look like any early Spanish Colonial ceramics you have seen? Please email any thoughts to Dr. Bruce Owen.

Click the image for a larger version at higher resolution. If the cursor changes to a magnifying glass with a plus sign, click the image with it to see the full resolution. Details of the "glazed" surface are reasonably visible in the full-sized images; scroll around for tell-tale reflections, cracks, spalling, etc.

Soto unit 402 locus 12 base view
Above: Soto unit 402 locus 12 base view.

Soto unit 404 locus 01 oblique
Above: Soto unit 404 locus 01 oblique view.

Soto unit 404 locus 01 base view
Above: Soto unit 404 locus 01 base view.

Soto unit 404 locus 01 near profile
Above: Soto unit 404 locus 01 near profile view.

Soto unit 404 locus 01 interior
Above: Soto unit 404 locus 01 interior view.

Please email any thoughts to Dr. Bruce Owen.