This olla was found in the ruins of Bent's Old Fort by the archeologist Jackson Moore in the 1960s. Discovered intact in a pit, this four-gallon olla is an excellent example of the utilitarian items used at Bent's Fort when it served as a fur trading post along the Santa Fe Trail. Similar items are on display and used in living history demonstrations in the reconstructed fort, allowing visitors to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the past.


  • Title: Olla
  • Contributor: Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
  • Park Website: Park Website
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: BEOL 2304
  • Measurements: H 113.7, W 27.3 cm
  • Material: Salt-glazed stoneware
  • Date: ca. 1825-1850

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