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View of Mesopotamian pottery in the technology section, Wirth Gallery of the Middle East, February 2008
Creator: Brian Boyle
Date of Image: February 2008
ROM Links: Wirth Gallery of the Middle East
Museum ID Number: ROM2008_9890_2
Image Number: ROM2008_9890_2

Description:
The Technology section emphasizes the evolution from crude stone implements of early humans to the mastery of craftsmen working in ceramics, wood, stone, metal, and glass. Pottery – whether fired clay, siliceous paste or stone paste – was especially important for Mesopotamia, which was poor in other natural resources. Due to the indestructible nature of ceramics, it is generally the most common find on an archaeological site, and in some cases it may be the only artifact found.

The Wirth Gallery of the Middle East explores the material culture of civilizations in the Fertile Crescent and beyond, including the current day regions of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordon, Yemen, Egypt, Israel and Palestine. Artifacts on display will highlight the region’s culture and technology and its contribution to both eastern and western civilizations between the years 4,000 BC to AD 1,900 with the primary focus being arms and armour, arts, documentation and writing, technology.

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