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Neolithic 'chemists': this is how ceramics arose

The first raw material used by Homo sapiens was clay . With it he built utensils, their houses and the first artistic forms, either to create anthropomorphic figures or to model zoomorphic figures. The next step was to decorate their creations with different color nuances.

The birth of ceramics dates back to the Neolithic period -around 10,000 BC-, which was when the first containers for storing food and water appeared.

Etymologically the word ceramic comes from the Greek ' keramiké ', feminine form of ' keramikós ', which means' burned substance '. With this term the potters' quarter of ancient Athens was designated, the artisans in charge of making objects from fired clay.

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