Paste/Temper: Smyth Ware is tempered with crushed soapstone. As a general rule the soapstone is finely crushed, but some sherds have temper ranging from 2 to 10 mm in size, the larger penetrating both sides of the pot’s wall. The temper may consist of 50 percent of the paste in some sherds.
Surface Treatment: Surface treatment includes knotted net, normally deeply impressed into the surface of the vessel; plain surfaces but not burnished; and scraped on a leather-hard surface with the same toothed instrument that scraped the interior of the vessels. One sherd exhibiting corn cob impressions over net was noted by Egloff. The majority of the interior surfaces are smooth, but a few areas reveal scrape marks with a serrated tool. Two sherds from 44TZ0001 have curvilinear stamped impressions.
Vessel Form: Smyth vessels are coil constructed with paddle malleation. Open-mouthed jars with straight sides or with short rims and slightly constricted necks.
Vessel Diameter: Vessel diameters range from 16 to 30 cm.
Vessel Height: Unknown
Rim Form: Flat or rounded lips. Usually the rims and necks form a straight wall with the body. A few rims sherds are everted.
Base Form: Rounded bottoms.
Vessel Wall Thickness: The walls are uniformly thick on each sherd. They range from 5 to 10 mm; majority 7 to 8 mm