Early Pottery at 20,000 Years Ago in Xianrendong Cave, China

  title={Early Pottery at 20,000 Years Ago in Xianrendong Cave, China},
  author={Xiaohong Wu and Chi Zhang and Paul Goldberg and David J. Cohen and Yan Pan and Trina Arpin and Ofer Bar‐Yosef},
  pages={1696 - 1700}
Pots and Crocks The invention of pottery allowed for more secure storage of food than was provided by baskets or hide pouches, and the vessels could also be used in cooking. The earliest pottery has been thought to have appeared in China and Japan ∼18,000 years ago, several thousands of years before the advent of agriculture. Wu et al. (p. 1696); see the Perspective by Shelach) have now dated broken pieces of pottery from a cave in China, the earliest of which date to ∼20,000 years ago, the… 

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