Topic ID #21110 - posted 6/28/2012 4:12 PM

20,000 year old pottery unearthed in southern China

Jennifer Palmer

28 June 2012 Last updated at 14:12 ET
Pottery invented in China to cook food and brew alcohol
Pallab Ghosh By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News

The oldest known samples of pottery have been unearthed in southern China.

The US archaeologists involved have determined that fragments from a large bowl found in Xianrendong Cave, Jiangxi Province, are 20,000 years old.

The discovery, published in the journal Science, is the latest in recent years that have pushed back the invention of pottery by 10,000 years.

It is thought that the bowl was a cauldron to cook food, or possibly to brew alcohol.

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