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  • Description

    Food-vessel Urn; much restored, but almost complete profile available. Orange brown exterior, dark brown interior. Very coarse ware with large dark grits clearly visible on rough surface. Rim everted quite sharply with fairly broad exterior bevel; interior bevel concave. Raised mouldings define fairly narrow groove. Body slightly ogival in profile. Decorated with incisions arranged obliquely as single rows, or as herringbones, on neck, and internal and external bevels of rim. In the shoulder groove and on the neck there are single rows of vertical incisions. The body is plain. Full of cremated bones.


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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 272 millimetres (mouth)
    • Height: 338 millimetres
    • Diameter: 117 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

    Cowie 1978
    Barrow on Copt Hill in a prominent position on the edge of the magnesian limestone. Site "excavated" by Greenwell and Robinson 1877. The barrow was 66' (Diameter) by 7¾' (Height); composed of limestone, sandstone and soil. It was a multi-period site, starting off as a Neolithic Round Barrow with a crematorium deposit of some size.

    The subsequent burials included:
    1) Cremation deposit with piece of calcined flint
    2) Crouched inhumation of a child in cist
    3) 3-4 crouched inhumations, one with a flint scraper
    4) Cremation deposit in a food vessel Urn (DUR 1) protected by some stones. The urn was 16' North East by East of the centre; the excavators thought it had been in an inv. position, as some burnt bones were left among the stones under the spot "from which it fell". The bottom of the urn had been c. 2¼' below the surface of the barrow.


  • Bibliography

    • Gibson 1978 p. 83, no. 92 bibliographic details
    • Cowie 1978 p.82 bibliographic details
    • Kinnes et al 1985 UN 3:1 (DUR 1) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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