Palaeolithic Pottery

Harappian sealer, 2500-2000 BC

Pottery found in the Japanese islands has been dated, by uncalibrated radiocarbon dating, to around the 11th millennium BC, in the Japanese Palaeolithic at the beginning of the Jomon period.

This is the oldest known pottery. In Europe, burnt clay was already known in the late Palaeolithic (Magdalenian) and was used for female figurines, like the “Venus” of Dolni Vestonice (Czech Republic), as well as figures of animals.

  • Harappian sealer, 2500-2000 BC
  • Catal Hüyük, 6250-5400 BC, Turkey
  • Etruscan amphora, Museo nazionale di Villa Giulia, Roma.
  • Geometric amphora, 760-750 B.C., The National Archaelogical Museum,Athens
  • Geometric krater, 740 BC, The National Archeological Museum, Athens
  • White funerary lekythos, circa 410 BC, The National Archeological Museum, Athens