Elite and everyday goods for a growing population

Between 4000 and 2000 BC, people began living in larger groups. Some settlements became production centers for labor-intensive goods such as stone tools, and skilled artisans crafted high-quality goods—such as eggshell-thin ceramic goblets—for the emerging elite.

  1. 1Blackware vessel

  2. 2, 3Pottery sherd and replica

  3. 4-6Stone pendants

  4. 7, 8Axes or chisels

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