Why wouldn’t they use pottery?
Good question. What would some of the drawbacks of ceramic containers be for ancient people groups in the Arctic?
Ancient Arctic societies were nomadic, right?
I get it! Clay pots are fragile, so if people were moving around all the time, well, the pots would probably keep breaking.
Precisely. Ceramic cooking vessels can’t be transported easily. That’s one thing.
And think of how ceramics are produced. You need water and clay of course.
You need to make the pot, allow it to dry for a long time, warm, dry locations work best for this of course, and then you need to fire it, bake it.
So you can see the role that climate would play in whether or not ancient people created and used ceramic cooking pots.
And that’s why manufacturing pottery would have been a challenge, actually quite difficult for people in the Arctic.
But you’re saying they did make ceramic cooking pots.
Yes. So the question is, given all these clear disadvantages, why would Arctic people choose to make and use ceramic cooking vessels? Sue?