There have been a large number of Grooved Ware sherds unearthed in the Boyne Valley, giving archaeologists a fantastic insight into the style of this iconic Irish pottery style. It is believed that Grooved Ware was left as votive offerings and many of the sherds have been discovered in post holes where they had been deposited thousands of years ago.
This bowl has been made in the Boyne Valley pottery style, using the wealth of Grooved Ware sherds to inform the shape, decoration and firing technique.
The rich lands of the Boyne valley have been attracting communities to settle and farm the land for at least 6000 years and it was these early communities that began the epic challenge of designing and constructing the complex passage tombs of Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth. Erected around 3300 BC, the artistry and engineering skills required to build these passage tombs give us insight into the highly sophisticated society of these neolithic settlers, who probably took years to build each tomb.
As well as being used as a burial chambers, it is believed that these tombs, like the numerous other monuments within the area, were used for ceremonies and rituals. The reconstructed tomb at Newgrange gives us a magical insight into one of the rituals that took place during the winter solstice. As the sun rises on the morning of the winter solstice, a shaft of light enters the tomb through the roof box that sits above the entrance to the passage. This golden light floods the length of the passage and illuminates the main chamber and its three alcoves. This amazing event lasts for around 17 minutes each time it happens before the chamber begins to dim again for another year.
Smoke fired Terracotta
Approx. 125 mm tall 195 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 Neolithic makers would have used. In keeping with the original pot, the decoration has been applied using handmade bone and antler tools
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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.
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