Pottery (Civ4)

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Pottery - 80 Beaker

A technology introduced in Vanilla
Required techs The Wheel & (Agriculture or Fishing)
Leads to Writing
Metal Casting (with Bronze Working)
Units enabled None
Buildings enabled Granary
Era Ancient
  • Enables building Cottage improvements

"Hath not the potter power over the clay, to make one vessel unto honor and another unto dishonor?"
-The Bible, Romans


Pottery allows your Workers to construct Cottages, which generate commerce for your civilization. It enables construction of the Granary city improvement.

Civilopedia EntryEdit

The invention of pottery was essential to the development of agricultural societies. To get the most out of seasonal crops and domesticated animals, a tribe needed sturdy, waterproof containers in which to store and protect surplus food. The discovery of the properties of clay, and the invention of the kiln and the potter's wheel made it possible to build such containers. The earliest examples of Western pottery date back to as early as 6500 BC. Most of the examples from this period were strictly utilitarian. Although use continued to be primarily practical, decorative pottery soon became a ritualistic and aesthetic art form in cultures all over the world. Some of the most impressive examples of artistic pottery comes from the pre-Columbian cultures of South America, and from the Ming dynasty in 14th century China.

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