However, archaeologists have discovered mugs dating back as far as 10,000 BCE! These mugs, hand carved from bone, were made by people of the Neolithic Stone Age in China and Japan. They were extremely durable but lacked handles.
|Bone Mug from the Stone Ages|
By 2,000 BCE, artisans were experimenting with mugs made of bronze, silver and gold. The problem with these mugs was that they were extremely hot to touch and painful to hold.
In 600 CE, the Chinese invented porcelain, which brought a new era of mugs, the kind of which we still enjoy today. Porcelain mugs are well suited to both hot and cold drinks.
These mugs were created long before the arrival of coffee, which originated in Africa in the 13th century. The first coffee shop, opened in Constantinople in 1475, featured wooden mugs.
Something to ponder next time you're drinking a mug of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate!