Clay: The History and Evolution of Humankind's Relationship with Earth's Most Primal Element

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UPNE, Sep 3, 2013 - History - 304 pages
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More than a third of the houses in the world are made of clay. Clay vessels were instrumental in the invention of cooking, wine and beer making, and international trade. Our toilets are made of clay. The first spark plugs were thrown on the potter’s wheel. Clay has played a vital role in the health and beauty fields. Indeed, this humble material was key to many advances in civilization, including the development of agriculture and the invention of baking, architecture, religion, and even the space program. 


In Clay, Suzanne Staubach takes a lively look at the startling history of the mud beneath our feet. Told with verve and erudition, this story will ensure you won’t see the world around you in quite the same way after reading the book.

  

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
COOKING POTS AND STORAGE JARS
HEARTHANDHOME
THE FIRSTMACHINE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF
FARMING MADEEASY Irrigation Propagation and Incubation
TO YOUR HEALTH 11 ART TOYS GODS GODDESSES AND FERTILITY
CONCLUSION
NOTES
CREDITS
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

SUZANNE STAUBACH is a writer, potter, and bookseller, and the author of Guy Wolff: Master Potter in the Garden.

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