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Ceramics and Pottery

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Oaxacan green pottery, Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxacan green pottery, Oaxaca, Mexico

L.M. Powell
Definition: The term ceramics or pottery refers to artifacts made of heated earth, including storage and cooking vessels, building material such as adobe brick, and occasionally tools and furniture. Fired earth vessels were first invented around 12,000 years ago by the Jomon culture in Japan, in Asia by about 7000 years ago, and again around 5000 years ago in Mesoamerica.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Sources for the term include the references listed on the front page of the Dictionary, and the websites listed in the sidebar.
Also Known As: Pottery, fired clay

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