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Beaker Vessel, Juniper Green, Edinburgh
This pot was found in a stone cist (box-like grave) at Juniper Green, Edinburgh, in May 1851. It had been placed behind the head of a man, aged 40-55, buried on his left side with his arms and legs drawn up, as if asleep. The man has been radiocarbon-dated to around 2350–2130 cal BC (OxA-13513: 3797±31 BP) ―the Copper Age or Early Bronze Age. The pot had probably contained a drink for the Afterlife.
It is a ‘Beaker’, its roots lying in Continental pottery. Its long neck and elaborate decoration are typical for Beakers of this date. It has been carefully made, with decoration made by impressing toothed objects (‘combs’), probably of bone, into its surface while wet. Long, slightly curving combs were used to create the roughly horizontal lines above the base, while shorter combs were used for the more intricate designs.
There are two possible cereal grain impressions on the neck.
Accession No: NMS X.EG 3
Model Produced by Hugo Anderson-Whymark