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 magical event lasts for around 17 minutes each year before the chamber begins to dim again, it is a spectacle that few get the pleasure to experience. We would love to one day be amongst these fortunate few, but till then, we will continue the work of recreating the ancient treasures of the Brú Na Bóinne.
There is a very distinctive style to the pottery of the Brú Na Bóinne with their sparing decoration, which mainly consists of straight incised lines applied with a confident hand. This bowl has been inspired by the bountiful hoard of sherds from Grooved Ware pottery discovered during excavations at the stunning passage tombs of the Boyne Valley.
There have, as yet, not been any intact and complete Grooved Ware vessels found, so this replica bowl is based on the archaeological evidence carefully pieced together from the abundant fragments of Grooved Ware that have been found.
Smoke fired Terracotta
Approx. 115 mm tall 230 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.
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 does also mean that this pot does not meet modern Health and Safety standards and therefore we do not advise that it is used for cooking with. When Neolithic cooks cooked in these pots they would rely on applying sufficient heat to the pot and contents to ensure that all bacteria was 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.
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. As each pot varies you many not receive the exact bowl in the image, but you can be sure that due to the variations caused by the firing process your pot will be a one of a kind.
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