Hembury Bowl
Hembury Bowl
Hembury Bowl
Hembury Bowl

Hembury Bowl

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The Neolithic causewayed enclosure of Hembury shows evidence of many cooking pits that would have been used to prepare food for the growing community that had developed on this beautiful site.  Of course, on those pits, they would have used a myriad of skilfully crafted pottery vessels to cook and prepare the food that would have nourished this early populace. 

This ancient East Devon landmark was lost from view for many years beneath an excess of overgrowth, but much work has gone into preserving this special site in recent years.  The site was so great a home that it also holds evidence of an Iron Age settlement and is now said, by some, to be the finest prehistoric hillfort in Devon.  What can not be denied is that it has provided us with an abundance of information about the people who inhabited it.   Some amazing treasures have been revealed, including pottery, quern stones, flints and axes.  It really is a place of great archaeological value. 

Likely to have been chosen for its defensive positions, it will have provided the community with an invaluable sense of security as it is protected on three sides by steep slopes.  Whilst also providing a stunning view over the Otter Valley, which must have been a spectacular backdrop for the daily activities of this Neolithic community.

One such activity will have been sitting down to a meal, eaten from a pottery bowl like this, whilst taking in the stunning views. This bowl is based on a sherd from this important historic site. 

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Smoke fired Terracotta


Approx. 90 mm tall 165 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 tools that the Neolithic makers would have used.  In keeping with the original pot, the decoration has been applied using a bone.


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 result 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 may 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.

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 be used for cooking.  When Neolithic cooks cooked in these pots, they would rely on applying sufficient heat to the pot and contents to ensure that all bacteria were 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.

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Please be aware that due to items being handmade and finished, colour variations will occur during the making process, and each replica will have some differences.  Also, know that the item photographed may not be the one that you receive, and colours can appear differently on different screens.  Please ensure you look at all the images to get a fully formed idea of the item you are ordering as we try to capture the variations within the images we share.  If you prefer a specific colour variation, please contact us before ordering. 

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