Due to its abundance and durability, pottery is one of the most common types of items found by archaeologists during excavations, and it has the potential of providing valuable information about the human past.
Clay is abundant, cheap, and adaptable, which makes it convenient for human exploitation.
Pottery is the first synthetic material ever created by humans.
The term refers to objects made of clay that have been fashioned into a desire shape, dried, and either fired or baked to fix their form.
Here, we compare dates derived from Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) on ostrich eggshell, AMS on pottery, and luminescence on pottery.
The vast majority of known archaeological sites in arid Northeast Asia are surface assemblages containing few or no organic remains.
The lack of stratified sites and a relative absence of organic remains in surface assemblages hinders our ability to date sites, create local chronologies, and contextualize technological and socio-economic change.
However, a few complicated factors limit the precision and accuracy in age determination.
These complicated factors are analyzed and discussed.