This large piece of Lamar pottery exemplifies the transition from Lamar to Historic Creek, which occurred during the 17th century in Middle Georgia. It’s potter, presumably a female living at what is thought to have been the mound site known to Spanish explorers as Tama, was just not as skilled as her predecessors. Lamar Bold Incised pottery (AD 1350-1650) was executed flawlessly only a generation or two before 1650, with crisp, straight lines generally 2 or more millimeters thick. However, her descendants could still have learned much from her, since they were making the even more poorly executed Ocmulgee Fields Incised pottery. This type, which has been dated to the Historic Creek period (AD 1660-1716), has incised lines that were executed even more poorly and that were 1 millimeter or less in thickness.
Did these potters just lose pride in their craftsmanship, or were they merely concentrating on surviving the onslaught of European pandemics and the British slave trade in captured Southeastern Indians? Maybe the two go hand in glove. It’s hard to care about crafts when you and your whole family and tribe are just trying to survive.