Not so coarse, nor always plain – the earliest pottery of Syria

  title={Not so coarse, nor always plain – the earliest pottery of Syria},
  author={Olivier P. Nieuwenhuyse and Peter M.M.G. Akkermans and Johannes van der Plicht},
  pages={71 - 85}
The site of Tell Sabi Abyad in Syria offers a superb stratified sequence passing from the aceramic (pre-pottery) to pottery-using Neolithic around 7000 BC. Surprisingly the first pottery arrives fully developed with mineral tempering, burnishing and stripey decoration in painted slip. The expected, more experimental-looking, plant-tempered coarse wares shaped by baskets arrive about 300 years later. Did the first ceramic impetus come from elsewhere? 
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