Thursday, April 11, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Pottery - The primitive (modern) technology...

sfo-greek-potteryPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-04-11]: Ancient leftovers indicate that the earliest pottery was used by hunter-gatherers for cooking, thousands of years before farming communities began heating their food in vessels. Chemical analyses of charred food clinging to pottery fragments from sites across Japan indicate that hunter-gatherers who lived there between 15,300 and 11,200 years ago cooked freshwater or marine animals in ceramic vessels, say bioarchaeologist Oliver Craig of the University of York in England and his colleagues. [source: web news]

We believe we are too much "progressed" and "evolved". But if one looks at things more clearly, he will realize that we have not done much more from the stage we invented fire processing... Ceramic technology (from the selection of materials, to temperatures and conditions required during firing) entails elements that are still the basis for our technologies today. Think about it the next time you travel in a ship made of cast iron...


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