Early baskets found in Egypt have been carbon dated to be between 10,000 and 12,000 years old. This is earlier than the oldest pottery. Baskets can have both utilitarian and ceremonial uses. They are still used in many African countries to carry fruits, vegetables, and even water. Native cultures in North America use baskets for sacred rituals and celebrations. Baskets are made from a variety of natural fibers including woods, grasses, and animal bones and hides. Contemporary baskets can be made of shredded paper, plastics, and even telephone wire. They can be mass-produced or created as one-of-a-kind fine art objects.