These sherds were recovered in excavations of the Miller Site, located near the village of Pickering, near Toronto, Canada. A local landowner discovered the site, and Walter A. Kenyon of the Royal Ontario Museum excavated it from 1958 to 1961. The excavations exposed the remains of a small village that dated from c. AD 800 to 1250, which Kenyon called the Pickering Phase. Traces of numerous postholes defined the outline of the wooden palisade that had enclosed the settlement and the remains of six houses. Several mortuary areas were also excavated. In 1982, the Royal Ontario Museum submitted 15 earthenware sherds from the excavations to UMMA Director James B. Griffin, for the Ceramic Repository of Eastern North America (see also Day 2, Day 65, and Day 135).
In honor of the University of Michigan’s 2017 bicentennial, we are celebrating the remarkable archaeological and ethnographic collections and rich legacy of research and teaching at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology by posting one entry a day for 200 days. The entries will highlight objects from the collections, museum personalities, and UMMAA expeditions. The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology is also posting each day for 200 days on Twitter and Facebook (follow along at #KMA200). After the last post, an exhibition on two centuries of archaeology at U-M opens at the Kelsey. Visit the exhibit—a joint project of the UMMAA and the Kelsey—from October 18, 2017 to May 27, 2018.