Due to their resistance to deterioration, ceramics, if left in suitable conditions, may last for thousands of years with practically no change whatsoever. Furthermore, given the early development of ceramics throughout the world, ancient ceramics represent some of the best ways that we can gain a vivid impression from a made artefact of the ancient world as they would have been experienced at the time of their production; many cultures of which we know little are named after their pottery. The potters wheel seems to have been invented in Mesopotamia during the 4th millennium BC, its use spreading over much of the world. China throughout its history has led developments in ceramics, the earliest example of all ceramics being from China and dating to 18,000 BC. As well as pottery, ceramics may include various forms of sculpture and architectural pieces. Important centres for ancient pottery include, China, Greece and The Middle East.

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