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20,000-year-old pottery fragments unearthed in China

The world’s oldest samples of pottery have been unearthed in a cave in China.

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.

Until recently, the majority view was that pottery bowls and drink receptacles were invented after the emergence of agriculture, when people began to stay in one place for long periods.

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Story: Pallab Ghosh, BBC News | Photo: Science

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