ANG 6122C Archaeological Ceramics
K. E. Sassaman
Spring 2009

Pottery in Prehistory

Ceramics and Pottery

Pottery Defined Kiln Firing: High Temps for Ceramics New World Pottery Pottery Origins Jomon - Oldest Pottery Oldest Pottery Elsewhere Commonalities A Mesolithic Neolithic Revolution? Hunter-Gatherer Pottery Alternative Functions
Moist cooking (boiling, simmering, steaming) Alternative Cooking Containers Storage Serving Alternative Models
Culinary Hypotheses (practical) Sociopolitical Hypotheses (prestige) From Prestige to Practical Current Research Emphases