Monday, July 2, 2012

Oldest Pottery found in China: Pre-dates agriculture
Damn. Must revise Humanities lecture again. Pottery seems to have existed among hunter-gatherers some 20,000 years ago. This defies conventional wisdom that said pottery was only invented after agriculture came along, i.e., after we settled down and needed to store up lots of stuff in durable containers. Hunter-gatherers, we were told, couldn't be bothered with heavy pots. Apparently, maybe they could. Warning: conclusions based on fragment of one pot.

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