Details This replica encrusted urn is based on one excavates in 1946 from an early Bronze Age cemetery at Kilmagadwood, Scotland. This was clearly a very important burial place for the local community of the time, as there were 23 urn burials crusted within a 20 square meter area. As well as evidence that the site had been in use for sometime, with early estimates suggesting it could have been active for around four centuries. As one of the largest bronze age burial site ever discovered in Scotland, and, with the fine quality of the grave goods, it suggests that the deceased had held a special status within the community. The original urn is now on display at the National Museum of Scotland.
This replica was made on site at Kilmagadwood, just to add that extra bit of authenticity, then fired in Rothbury Northumberland.
Smoke fired Terracotta
Approx. 330 mm tall 310 mm diameter
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 that the Bronze-Age makers would have used. In keeping with the original pot, the decoration has been applied using hand made antler tools.
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 results in pots that are relatively weak, so this pot has been fired to a somewhat higher temperature to strengthen it, in a special firing process that allows me to achieve an authentic appearance to the pot. The exterior has been finished with beeswax to give a slight sheen.
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