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18,000 year old 'Chinese' pottery?

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posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 12:20 PM
Newly found Chinese pottery may be earliest ever found, researchers say

Oldest pottery?

The find in Yuchanyan Cave dates to as much as 18,000 years ago, researchers report in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

For some reason that is not clear from the article they seemed to haved the dated the pottery from dating material buried below and above it. It doesn't appear they have done a TL date on the material

Thermo luminescence Dating

TL dating

TL dating, the details

Patrick E. McGovern, an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania, noted that figurines have been found in what is now the Czech Republic that go back as far as 35,000 years. But those were not actual pottery vessels, he said.

If these dates stand then the Jomon pottery which had been dated to 14,000 years ago will lose it place as 'first pottery'


Jomon Pottery second link

"I agree that pottery was made by foragers in South China, but I also think pottery was produced more or less contemporaneously in several places in East Asia ... from Russia, Japan to North and South China by foragers living in different environments," Lu added.

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