The origins of the pottery were discovered

York University's BioArCh archaeologists have found out that the emergence of potato production has been associated with intense fishing since the end of the last Ice Age.

Scientists have come to this conclusion after examining 800 vessels, representing one of the largest studies of this kind, focusing on Japan - a country recognized as one of the first regions where this occupation arose, writes Science Daily.

The three-year study, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that the vessels were used by hunter-gatherers to store and process the fish, at first salmon but then a larger variety of fish and other animals marine, both saltwater and freshwater.

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Scientists claim that this association remained as tight even after the climate warming.

The team was able to determine the role of the vessels by using chemical analyzes of organic compounds that have remained trapped in clay despite the fact that they have been buried for about 10,000 years.

The analyzed samples are among the oldest found and date back to the late Pleistocene - a period when our ancestors lived in glacial conditions - until the pre-season when the climate warmed up to near the current temperatures.

The study also sheds light on how hunters and gatherers were processing and eating food during this period, also revealing "the resistance to a stagnant climate of Japan's Jōmon people," said Alex Lucquin.

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