With views over the river Avon and toward the magnificent site of Stonehenge the settlement at Durrington Walls must have been a truly special place to the Neolithic people who travelled to celebrated there. This busy hub has left a wealth of evidence about the people who used it including hundreds of potted sherds. Many of the sherd unearthed included incised decoration and were functional as well as beautiful, like this bowl which is based on a sherd from the site. With feasting and food appearing to be a vital part of the celebrations that took place at Durrington it is unsurprising that sherds of bowls such as this have been discovered.
On the edge of the river Avon, within site of Stonehenge, lies the neolithic site of Durrington Walls, a place where it is believed people lived for part of the year to feast and celebrate. The site was in use more than 4,500 years ago and may have housed the people who built, and certainly used, Stonehenge.
The settlement consists of a large ceremonial circle that was dug into the chalk bedrock and contained several shrines, as well as some houses. On the edge of the circle sits a Woodhenge, which would have been a truly breath taking sight particularly during midwinter and midsummer when, like Stonehenge, it aligns with the rising or setting sun.
This circle was surrounded by an as of yet unknown number of houses similar in design to those found at Skara Brae. It is estimated that this was a very large settlement with hundreds of small dwellings, the evidence for this are the high number of pottery sherds, animal bones and arrow heads found proving that consumption was intense. This is confirmed by the discovery of a large midden that contained the bones of pigs and cattle which had clear signs of having been butchered and roasted.
The midsummer and midwinter solstice alignment of Durrington Walls suggest a seasonal occupation. This is back by by the lack of a grinding quern at the site and the intense speed at which the midden was filled with the animal bones during each period of use.
Smoke fired Terracotta
Approx. 95 mm tall 205 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. The exterior has been finished with beeswax to give a slight sheen.
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