|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology|
|Place of Publication||Switzerland|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
The potter’s wheel was invented in the 5th millennium BC in the Near East and spread across the Mediterranean into southern and eastern Europe during the Late Bronze and early Iron Ages before also reaching Asia and, finally, the American continent. The potter’s wheel utilized new technological principles, namely rotational kinetic energy (RKE) combined with manual force, to shape vessels. Initially, however, it seems that the wheel was only used to make small shapes, or medium-sized and larger pots in stages, and was not typically used for wheel-throwing but hybrid techniques. When utilized to its full potential, this innovation has the ability to speed up production considerably. It remains a mystery why ethnographic studies consistently show that the potter’s wheel is almost exclusively associated with male potters.
- Potter's wheel
- Innovation adoption