Paste/Temper: The paste is fairly compact. The texture is medium-fine to medium-coarse and clayey. Exterior surface colors range from buff to reddish-tan. The temper consists of crushed limestone that varies from 1 mm to 2.5 mm thick, and makes up 25 percent of the paste. Page sherds frequently have square or rectangular holes where the tempering agent has leached out. A small percentage of sherds are tempered with chert or other crushed rock. A number of the Page sherds from the Friendsville site (18GA23) were tempered with crushed hematite.
Surface Treatment: Exterior surfaces are cord marked, or have smoothed-over cord impressions that are oriented vertically or, less commonly, obliquely to the body. Final Z-twist cordage impressions are found almost exclusively. A small number of vessels exhibit fabric impressions. Interior surfaces are smoothed. Whyte and Thompson (1989) recorded sherds with net impressions at the Bessemer site (44BO0026 ) that had collared rims typical of Page ware. Bowden noticed the same rim sherds occurring at the Gala site (44BO0048). This is the only known occurrence of this blending of attributes and supports the concept that the Gala/Bessemer James River valley represents a transition zone not only between the Radford and Page ceramic areas, but also Dan River ceramics.
Vessel Form: Page vessels are mainly coil constructed, but hand-modeled vessels have been found in rare instances. Vessel size ranges from small to large, and vessels are conoidal, globular/rounded, or conoidal/globular in shape.
Vessel Diameter: Unknown
Vessel Height: Unknown
Rim Form: Lips vary from flat to slightly rounded. Rims range from vertical to slightly flaring. Rim strips are added to some vessels to form a pseudo-collar. Uncollared rims have thickened lips, which are often folded over.
Base Form: Rounded bases.
Vessel Wall Thickness: Vessel wall thickness ranges from 6 mm to 8 mm.