Paste/Temper: Radford Ware is tempered with crushed limestone to dolomite, angular particles ranging from less than 1 to 6 mm. The total temper mixture is about 25 percent of the paste. Some sherds are leached, but the angular holes are easily distinguished from the flat, platy holes left when shell temper leaches.
Surface Treatment: Evans originally included five types within the ware: Net Impressed, Cord Marked, Fabric Impressed, Plain, and a related type-Page Cord Marked. It is now known that the fabric impressed ceramics are the Middle Woodland Long Branch Fabric Marked, and that Page Cord Marked is a totally different ware located to the north in the Shenandoah Valley, and undoubtedly representing a different group of people. Recently, corn cob impressed pottery has been noted especially on small jars or on the recurved neck of larger jars and storage vessels. A few simple stamped or curvilinear complicate stamped sherds occur at 44MY0003, and probably date to the European Contact period.
Vessel Form: Radford vessels are coil-constructed with paddle malleation. Round jars with globular body; an orifice smaller than body diameter, and either a recurved, slightly inslanted, or vertical rim.
Vessel Diameter: Range from 24 to 36 cm with the majority 26 to 28 cm.
Vessel Height: Unknown
Rim Form: Rounded on unthickened rims, either incurving or slightly recurved. Folded-over or thickened rims occur and may be rounded or flattened.
Base Form: Rounded and usually thickened, particularly on the large storage vessels. Round- flattened bottoms occur on smaller vessels.
Vessel Wall Thickness: Range of 5 to 10 mm; majority 6 to 8 mm