Paste/Temper: Clarksville Ware is tempered with a medium to coarse sand. Temper composes about 25 percent of the paste, imparting a very sandy texture to the vessel.
Surface Treatment: As originally defined by Evans (1955), Clarksville Ware included net, cord, fabric, combed, plain, and corncob surface treatments. A unique looped net was mistakenly identified as a fabric. The weave of the looped net may be very small or quite large. When pulled obliquely across the paddle, which it often is, the looped net appears to be a woven fabric. The combed surface treatment may actually be similar to the simple stamping on Gaston Ware, found to the east near the Fall Line. Although true simple-plaited fabric-marked pottery occurs in the region, it dates to the Early and Middle Woodland periods and should not be included in Clarksville Ware.
Vessel Form: Medium to large round to globular, short-collared jars with constricted neck, and thus forming either a vertical or slightly recurved rim.
Vessel Diameter: Mouth diameters range from 20 to 32 cm; majority 26 to 40 cm. Body diameter range from 36 to 40 cm.
Vessel Height: Small jars to large storage vessels have been identified, 20 to 60 cm. Some storage jars are very large, and leave the astonished viewer with the reaction ‘How did they make such large and thin vessels by coiling?
Rim Form: Usually a folded-over or added coil on the exterior. There is considerable variation in size and width of folding, ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 cm, forming a rim from 1 to 1.5 cm thick.
Base Form: Conoidal to subconoidal
Vessel Wall Thickness: Range from 6 to 12 mm; majority 7 to 8 mm.