Jomon Pottery from Japan

Oldest Pottery
Age: About 12,000 years old
Location of Discovery: Lake Anenuma, Honshu, Japan

 Making Baskets and Pottery

Early humans may have made bags from skin long ago. By around 26,000 years ago, they were weaving plant fibers to make cords and perhaps baskets. Some of the oldest known pottery from Japan’s Jomon culture, seen here, is about 18,000 years old.