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  • Creating can be just as beautiful as the final product. (ceramics) (video)

    07/30/2014 4:00:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 3 replies ^ | 7-30-2014 |
    The American Museum of Ceramic Art visits Icheon, South Korea, to observe artists as they create beautiful Korean ceramics using traditional methods. Icheon has a history of ceramic culture that spans thousands of years, and it continues to this day.
  • Pottery 20,000 years old found in a Chinese cave

    06/28/2012 4:37:18 PM PDT · by Dysart · 17 replies ^ | 6-27-12
    Pottery fragments found in a south China cave have been confirmed to be 20,000 years old, making them the oldest known pottery in the world, archaeologists say. The findings, which will appear in the journal Science on Friday, add to recent efforts that have dated pottery piles in east Asia to more than 15,000 years ago, refuting conventional theories that the invention of pottery correlates to the period about 10,000 years ago when humans moved from being hunter-gathers to farmers. The research by a team of Chinese and American scientists also pushes the emergence of pottery back to the last...
  • Roman Shipwreck Discovered Near Aeolian Islands

    07/02/2010 5:59:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | July 2010 | unattributed
    The wreck of a Roman ship from the first century AD which is still whole and has over 500 wide-mouthed amphorae onboard has been discovered to the south of the island of Panarea... [announced] by the Regional Councillor for Cultural Heritage, Gaetano Armao, and by the Superintendent, Sebastiano Tusa. ''From the first surveys,'' said Tusa, ''we can establish that it is a merchant shipping measuring around 25 metres, in perfect condition, which transported fruit and vegetables from Sicily to the markets in the north. The style of the amphorae is in fact typical of the 'workshops' of the island and...
  • Trash Talk [ Monte Testaccio, imperial Roman landfill ]

    05/05/2012 8:34:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Archaeology, Volume 62 Number 2 ^ | March/April 2009 | Jarrett A. Lobell
    In the middle of Rome's trendiest neighborhood, surrounded by sushi restaurants and nightclubs with names like Rodeo Steakhouse and Love Story, sits the ancient world's biggest garbage dump--a 150-foot-tall mountain of discarded Roman amphorae, the shipping drums of the ancient world. It takes about 20 minutes to walk around Monte Testaccio, from the Latin testa and Italian cocci, both meaning "potsherd." But despite its size--almost a mile in circumference--it's easy to walk by and not really notice unless you are headed for some excellent pizza at Velavevodetto, a restaurant literally stuck into the mountain's side. Most local residents don't know...
  • Orange-Red Vintage Art Pottery Glazes -- Chrome Red or Uranium?

    05/11/2010 7:07:04 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 28 replies · 485+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | May 11, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Did North Carolina potteries use uranium oxide glazes in the pre-WWII art pottery era? For a long time many students of North Carolina art pottery have held that they did, but this author has been unable to find any verifiable example of such a glaze. There are many examples of chromium oxide red-orange glazes, of course, and the colors of these glazes can be very similar. However, chromium oxide is not radioactive -- uranium oxide is, even in a glaze -- and chromium oxide does not glow under ultraviolet light, while uranium oxide glazes often do fluoresce in the presence...
  • Discoveries might reveal origins of Southeastern N.C.'s first inhabitants

    05/10/2010 4:19:52 AM PDT · by Palter · 29 replies · 748+ views
    Star News Online ^ | 09 May 2010 | Cece Nunn
    WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH | A local captain and his crew have discovered a unique rock and nearby artifacts that might help reveal how the first people came to Southeastern North Carolina thousands of years ago.Geologists said the rock, called black chert or novaculite, was previously thought to only be available in vast quantities in the mountains of Arkansas. Zulu Discovery, a local underwater exploration company, found a very dense version of the rock dozens of feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off Wrightsville Beach. Chert was used by the first people in North America, called Paleo-Indians, to create the...
  • Treasure Chest -- Three Mountaineers Pottery

    05/08/2010 2:45:55 PM PDT · by jay1949 · 4 replies · 271+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | May 8, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    The Treasure Chest of Asheville, North Carolina, and its successor firm, Three Mountaineers, Inc., was a well-known seller of "mountain pottery" from the mid-1920s through the mid-1930s. So how much of this "mountain pottery" was actually made in the mountains of North Carolina? As far as I can tell, none of it. The "Sunset Mountain" line came from J. B. Cole's Pottery in the North Carolina Piedmont. The remainder of the pottery wares seem very likely to have been made by Cornelison Pottery in central Kentucky.
  • Kiln Openings -- Seagrove Potters' Celebration of Spring

    04/09/2010 5:30:19 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 2 replies · 131+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | April 9, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    The "kiln opening" is a folk pottery tradition which has been adopted by the Seagrove, NC, Celebration of Seagrove Potters as an annual area-wide event. Some 50 pottery shops are participating in this year's Celebration of Spring kiln openings during the weekend of April 17-18.
  • Daison Ware "American Hand Made" Pottery

    01/12/2010 5:10:25 AM PST · by jay1949 · 4 replies · 403+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | January 12, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Who made "Daison Ware?" Conventional wisdom holds that the pottery sold as Daison Ware in the 1930s and 1940s was made by various of the North Carolina Cole families, but that may not be so. Certainly, J. B. Cole's Pottery was a primary source, but there is insufficient evidence to attribute other potteries with this connection. Daison Manufacturing Corporation was a manufacturer/distributor of lamps and other housewares and was located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Daison lamps were artistically-designed, quality products and occasionally turn up in estate collections. Photographs of two Daison lamps are currently available on the Smithsonian Institution's CollectionsSearchCenter. During...
  • King David Era Pottery Shard Supports Biblical Narrative

    01/08/2010 10:11:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1,143+ views
    INN ^ | 1/8/10 | Avi Yellin
    ( A breakthrough in the research of the Hebrew Scriptures has shed new light on the period in which the Bible books of the Prophets were written. Professor Gershon Galil of the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa has deciphered an inscription dating from the 10th century BCE (the period of King David’s reign) and has proven the inscription to be ancient Hebrew, thus making it the earliest known example of Hebrew writing. The significance of this breakthrough relates to the fact that at least some of the Biblical scriptures are now proven to have been composed...
  • North Carolina Art Pottery Jugs

    12/01/2009 6:42:43 AM PST · by jay1949 · 16 replies · 759+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | December 1, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    NOTICE: This article is G-rated; it has nothing to do with female anatomy; it concerns ceramic jugs. The utilitarian form called the "jug" -- basically, a fat bottle with a handle -- was dressed up in colorful glazes early in the North Carolina art pottery era, transforming an everyday object into a work of art.
  • NC Art Pottery Pitchers

    11/15/2009 6:58:56 AM PST · by jay1949 · 15 replies · 722+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | November 15, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    When Jugtown Pottery kicked off the North Carolina art pottery movement in the early 1920s, its owners focused on two lines of ware: traditional lead-glazed "dirt dish" earthenware and new, colorful pieces based on oriental designs. Potters in the surrounding area observed no such strictures; whether by genius or by serendipity, they used colorful art-pottery glazes on anything that went into the kiln, pitchers included. The pitchers sold and, some nine decades later, they still sell.
  • Rebecca Jugs

    10/07/2009 2:26:17 PM PDT · by jay1949 · 39 replies · 4,317+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | October 7, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    The Rebecca jug is an enduringly popular form of North Carolina art pottery. The "Rebecca" got its name from illustrations of the Biblical story of Rebecca at the Well (in Genesis, Chapter 24). The classic shape of the Rebecca is that of an ewer (a vase-shaped water jug) with an elongated, over-arched handle. [Pictures]
  • German Archaeologists Labor to Solve Mystery of the Nok[Nigeria]

    08/22/2009 11:10:05 AM PDT · by BGHater · 32 replies · 2,073+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 21 Aug 2009 | Matthias Schulz
    Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues -- and little else. German archaeologists are now looking for more clues to explain this obscure culture. Half a ton of pottery shards is piled on the tables in Peter Breunig's workroom on the sixth floor of the University of Frankfurt am Main. There are broken pots, other storage vessels, a clay lizard and fragments of clay faces with immense nostrils. The chipped head of a statue depicts an African man with a moustache, a fixed glare and hair piled high up...
  • Chinese pottery may be earliest discovered

    06/08/2009 6:15:20 PM PDT · by mnehring · 11 replies · 447+ views
    WASHINGTON – Bits of pottery discovered in a cave in southern China may be evidence of the earliest development of ceramics by ancient people. 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.
  • Megalithic Period Pottery Found

    04/26/2008 7:21:13 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 142+ views ^ | 4-26-2008 | T.S. Subramanian
    Megalithic period pottery found T.S. Subramanian Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department leads excavation Significant finds: Pottery with graffiti marks found at Sembiyankandiyur village in Nagapattinam district. CHENNAI: Pottery items including bowls, dishes and urns, from the Megalithic period, have been excavated at Sembiyankandiyur near Kuthalam in Mayiladuthurai taluk of Nagapattinam district by the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department. An important finding: eight urns aligned in a particular manner, three of them with human bones inside. These might be of members of one family, according to department officials. The pottery included black-and-red ware, black ware and red ware. The site yielded a rich...
  • A y Porcelain collectors out there? Need help to ID these!

    12/09/2007 4:02:35 PM PST · by eastforker · 48 replies · 104+ views
    my ebay ^ | 12/09/07 | eastforker
    OK folks, need some help. I have scoured the net and have yet to find documentation on what these are or a history on their worth.Anybody???
  • Koryo Pottery Was Headed For Kaesong

    10/22/2007 3:25:34 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 438+ views ^ | 10-21-2007
    Koryo Pottery Was Headed for Kaesong Underwater excavation in the waters near Dae Island off Taean, South Chungcheong Province has unearthed some 19,000 pieces of 12th-century Koryo celadon, including a lion-shaped incense burner, a toad-shaped inkstone a melon-shaped kettle, and countless bowls. The find was originally made in May, when a fisherman found a pottery shard stuck to the suckers of a webfoot octopus, and an excavation got underway soon afterwards. The National Maritime Museum on Thursday said wooden tags unearthed in the excavation show that the celadon was on its way to Kaesong after being made at a local...
  • Swiss Archaeologist Digs Up West Africa's Past

    01/20/2007 3:55:34 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 651+ views
    NZZ Online ^ | 1-19-2007 | Simon Bradley
    19. January 2007, Swissinfo Swiss archaeologist digs up West Africa's past A Swiss:led team of archaeologists has discovered pieces of the oldest African pottery in central Mali, dating back to at least 9,400BC. The sensational find by Geneva University's Eric Huysecom and his international research team, at Ounjougou near the Unesco:listed Bandiagara cliffs, reveals important information about man's interaction with nature. The age of the sediment in which they were found suggests that the six ceramic fragments : discovered between 2002 and 2005 : are at least 11,400 years old. Most ancient ceramics from the Middle East and the central...
  • Archaeologists Challenge Link Between Dead Sea Scrolls and Ancient Sect

    08/15/2006 5:09:35 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 72 replies · 2,238+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 15, 2006 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Jürgen Zangenberg Slide CollectionThe Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves near the Qumran ruins. New archaeological evidence is raising more questions about the conventional interpretation linking the desolate ruins of an ancient settlement known as Qumran with the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found in nearby caves in one of the sensational discoveries of the last century. After early excavations at the site, on a promontory above the western shore of the Dead Sea, scholars concluded that members of a strict Jewish sect, the Essenes, had lived there in a monastery and presumably wrote the scrolls in the...