inclusions

When making pottery, ancient folks had to try and make sure the high temperatures of the kiln did not crack the pottery so they often put sand or shell in the clay before firing it – these are called inclusions.

Sometimes in early pottery (Bronze-age and before) the inclusions were often because they could not get clean clay and they were just from the poor quality clay they dug up.

« Back to Glossary Index

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.