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Oldest Pottery

 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.

Jomon Pot
Jomon Pot
Image Credit: Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution
Oldest Pottery
Exhibit Item
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Site: Lake Anenuma, Honshu, Japan
Page last updated: March 29, 2016