Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type

Open Access Thesis



First Advisor

Adam King

Second Advisor

Karen Smith


Paddle stamped pottery has a long history in what we now call the southeastern United States. From 100-800 CE, intricate curvilinear designs were carved into paddles and impressed in ceramic vessels in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Called Swift Creek Complicated Stamped, this type has been long recognized by archaeologists for its uniqueness. Artists Bettye J. Broyles and Frankie Snow reconstructed hundreds of paddle designs from sherds and modern archaeologists use these designs to study the movements and connections of the people who made the pottery. The Snowvision team has developed a machine learning computer vision algorithm to assist with design matching and the World Engraved submission website and digital archive ( This thesis is a two-part user needs study for the Snowvision project and the World Engraved website.


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