Benefits of Making Pottery

5.5 Benefits of Making Pottery

Benefits of Making Pottery

An important advantage of ceramics is that the potter can, within limits, control the size and shape of the finished piece much more than with other materials. The Woodland women could afford to make large, heavy, thick-walled vessels because they did not have to move as often. Some archaeologists feel that the invention of ceramics allowed the Indians to boil their food, especially starchy seeds. Boiling made the seeds more digestible and thus more nutritious. A broken pot or jar could quickly be replaced since sources of clay were generally close at hand throughout the Ohio area.

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