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Bronze Age Beaker, Amesbury Archer
Bronze Age Beaker, Amesbury Archer
Bronze Age Beaker, Amesbury Archer
Bronze Age Beaker, Amesbury Archer
Bronze Age Beaker, Amesbury Archer
Bronze Age Beaker, Amesbury Archer
Bronze Age Beaker, Amesbury Archer

Bronze Age Beaker, Amesbury Archer

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Details

This replica early Bronze Age Beaker is based on one of the beakers excavated from the grave of a man dating to around 2300 BCE, known as the Amesbury Archer.   Skilfully made and carefully decorated with a bone comb tool, this beaker is a beautiful example of beaker pottery from this period.  The occupant of the grave where the original beaker was found, was clearly a man of great importance as his grave contained several pots, flints, knives and jewellery, including gold hair ornaments.  

Beaker pottery is a style of pottery that entered Britain from Continental Europe around 2500 BCE, at a time when the first metals, copper and gold, were being seen in this country.  

Find number: 6597

Context

Around 2500 BCE Britain saw the first use of metal in the form of Gold and Copper, and alongside these new materials came pottery beakers. Often considered to mark the end of the Neolithic and the beginning of the Bronze Age, it was a time of great change, with some research studies claiming that a vast proportion of Britons were replaced by a wave of migrants from Europe. In terms of pottery this change resulted in a bloom of creativity where potters showed off their skills by creating highly decorated pottery forms.  

 Materials

Smoke fired Terracotta

Dimensions

Approx. 164 mm tall 160 mm diameter

Production

As with all our 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 an bone comb.

Firing

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.

 Health & Safety

This is a Museum Quality Replica and is not intended for use as a drinking vessel, if you require replica pots for actual use with food of beverages, please ask before purchasing.

Postage
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