The course focuses on the origins of pottery-making from the pre-pottery Neolithic period (P.P.N.) to the beginning of the Hellenistic period. The course illustrates the characteristics of pottery according to time and location. In addition, it is supplemented by practical examination of museum materials. Geographic Syria (Bilad al-Sham) will be the main area of focus, as it manufactured and contains the earliest examples of pottery manufacturing in the world, if not some of the earliest. Historical-political, social, and economic factors of the ancient historical periods (Bronze and Iron ages) will be covered to understand their effects on pottery making.