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cool fact: first pottery

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Teri Sanford (terily)
Tue, 20 Apr 1999 09:21:51 -0500


In case anyone didn't know this (like me), I got this from the
Cool Fact of the Day list that I am on.

The Learning Kingdom's Cool Fact of the Day for April 20, 1999
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When was the first pottery made?

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The oldest known pottery (vessels and other objects made out of
fired
clay) was made in Japan about 12,700 years ago, at the beginning
of
the Jomon period of Japanese history.

Jomon means "marked with a rope," a reference to the distinctive
surface patterns of some Jomon pottery. Braided rope was
wrapped
around the objects before they were fired, or rope-like strands
of
clay were added for a decorative trim.

The red-brown, unglazed pottery from this time was fired in only
the
most primitive ways, sometimes just an open fire. Although the
methods were primitive, some Jomon pottery was very ornate, with
highly sculptured rims and elaborate, detailed patterns.

More about Jomon pottery and early Japanese history:
http://www.rekihaku.ac.jp/e_zyoosetu/no1/
http://pages.nyu.edu/~sw4/jomon.html

A quick tour of Japanese art history:
http://fmc.utm.edu/~dmcbeth/asiart/japan.htm