Prehistoric Stone Bowl

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This ancient item predates European colonization of the Americas. Excavated in Arizona, this small handmade bowl has seen enough ware and tare that it has begun to resemble a roughly hewn stone. This bowl would have been made through use of age-old Native American ceramic techniques, passed down from one generation to the next. Residue from paint still clings to the top rim of the bowl. It is unknown which indigenous tribe the simple little bowl might have belonged to.

Indigenous pottery is an art from stretching back at least seventy-five hundred years in North and South America. Ceramic techniques were used to craft numerous items such as cooking utensils, burial urns, pipes, statues, musical instruments, and even toys. Various tribes developed their own unique forms of pottery, the primary difference in technique being the way in which the artisan would purify the clay used in their ceramic pieces. Because of their slow time to decompose, ceramics allow for a rare insight into Native American cultures predating European colonization and have enabled historians to study long-extinct people groups. The exact origin of pottery in North and South America is unknown, but the oldest piece of pottery found to date was discovered in the Amazon Basin. After carbon-dation, this item was estimated to be as much as Nine Thousand years old. Most ceramic items discovered were further decorated with paint or intricate engravings, namely those that are believed to have held some religious value.

Item #: 0012