Height: 20.300 cm
Width: 23.000 cm
M&ME OA 1495
Early Anglo-Saxon, 6th century
Probably from Lincolnshire
This handmade pottery urn (known as a Buckelurne) is similar to a group of fifty discovered by the physician Sir Thomas Browne (1605-82) in sandy soil less than three feet deep in a field near Walsingham in Norfolk.
The urns contained bones and small artefacts. Browne believed that they were Roman cremation urns and wrote about them in a book called Hydriotaphia: Urne-Burial (1658). This was one of the earliest published records of a British excavation.
In the early
latter part of the eighteenth century pottery urns were the British
equivalents of the fine Greek vases acquired by collectors like
William Hamilton on the
K. Sloan (ed.), Enlightenment. Discovering the (London, The British Museum Press, 2003)
J.N.L Myres, A corpus of Anglo-Saxon potter (Cambridge University Press, 1977)
B.M. Marsden, Pioneers of Prehistory. Leader (Ormskirk, G.W. & A. Hesketh, 1983)