Ceramics among Eurasian hunter-gatherers: 32 000 years of ceramic technology use and the perception of containment

  • Mihael Budja University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
Keywords: Hunter-gatherers, ceramic technology, invention, containment, radiocarbon dating

Abstract

We present two parallel and 32 000 years long trajectories of episodic ceramic technology use in Eurasian pre-Neolithic hunter-gatherer societies. In eastern, Asian trajectory the pottery was produced from the beginning. Ceramic figurines mark the western, European trajectory. The western predates the eastern for about eleven millennia. While ceramic cones and figurines first appeared in Central Europe at c. 31 000 cal BC the earliest vessels in eastern Asia was dated at c. 20 000 cal BC. We discuss women’s agency, perception of containment, ‘cross-craft interactions’, and evolution of private property that that may influenced the inventions of ceramic (pyro)technology.

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Published
2016-12-30
How to Cite
BudjaM. (2016). Ceramics among Eurasian hunter-gatherers: 32 000 years of ceramic technology use and the perception of containment. Documenta Praehistorica, 43, 61-86. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.43.2
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