Pottery shows hunter-gatherers had a home on the range

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Dr. Craig says, “In Japan this has been known for a long time, but raises the question: why would these mobile hunter-gatherers invest time in heavy, fragile pots?

“Our research shows that [hunter-gatherer] pottery was associated with processing fish—we suggest that these resource-rich water-edge environments meant that they could be slightly less mobile, thus freeing up time to invest in pottery production.”

Instead, I would offer that these were effectively fish-farmers, not mobile hunter-gatherers, living off a water resource, in the same way a farmer lives off the land. Same thing the US pacific NW, where for the indigenous there, the easy takings were from the water and not the land. Why spend time digging in the dirt, when the water is so bountiful?

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