Diver This diver examines ceramics found in Chicho spring.
Diver Archaeologists must use SCUBA equipment to be able to excavate underwater.
ceramics This close-up shows more detail of a double-bulbous potiza. Potizas are vessels that were likely used to carried water from the spring.
ceramics The ceramics found are almost all broken. This may result from the objects losing their use value and therefore being tossed into the spring as trash.
potiza This potiza is a mammiform vessel, which means it is a heart-shaped bottle and the two lobes represent female breasts.
potiza The phallic neck of a potiza is the most diagnostic part. They usually have symmetrical circular incisions and faces on opposite planes.
adorno1 adorno2
These are adornos or "little faces". One can also call them "caritas" and they are found on much of the Taino pottery.
This potiza was the only one found in Chicho spring still intact.
front view side view design
These drawings show the designs of the potiza more clearly. The close-up of the neck shows the symmectrical circular incisions and adornos on opposite planes.