Made by some of the first people to settle and farm in the British Isles, carinated bowls like this were among the first known pots to be made in Britain and appeared around 4000 BCE. Used by these Neolithic settlers to cook and store food, this style of pottery was one of the longest-lived styles to exist within Britain. Widely distributed across the British isles, carinated bowls are characterised by their lack of decoration and curved bottoms, allowing the pots to sit comfortably in the embers of an open fire or upon any rough surface.
This replica Carinated Bowl is based on pottery of the Grimston style and is sometimes described as being a Hanging Grimston Bowl. The original was excavated in North Yorkshire.
Smoke fired Terracotta
Approx. 138 mm tall 257 mm diameter
It has been fired to emulate the ancient firing conditions. The original pot would have been fired in an open wood fire, in close contact with the fuel, a process that leaves its mark on the clay as variations in the surface colour. However, the very low temperatures achieved in open firings also result in relatively weak pots, so this pot has been fired to a somewhat higher temperature to strengthen it, in a unique firing process that allows me to achieve an authentic appearance to the pot.
As with all my Museum Quality Replicas, this pot has been made, as the original would have been, entirely by hand from natural clay and using replicas of the types of tool used by the Neolithic makers. In keeping with the original pot, the decoration has been applied using a bone.
Health and Safety
This is a Museum Quality Replica made using the tools and techniques that would have been used during the Neolithic era. As this is an unglazed pot with a porous surface, it will absorb some of the flavours during the cooking process, which does add to the flavour of future dishes. However, it also means that this pot does not meet modern Health and Safety standards, and therefore we do not advise that it is used for cooking. When Neolithic cooks cooked in these pots, they would have applied sufficient heat to the pot and contents to ensure that all bacteria were killed. Heating to over 70°C for at least 10 minutes would have killed most disease-causing bacteria, and temperatures of 100°C would do even more.
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