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The Bronze Age

Ritual

Cinerary Urn, Applegarth

Period:
Bronze Age
Description:

This collared cinerary urns has been re-assembled, from several fragments and has a flat narrow base. This example has been decorated with a pattern of slanting vertical ropes marks, and found inverted inside a larger urn.

 

Unlike neolithic people who usually buried their dead communally in chambered tombs, Bronze Age people preferred to bury their dead singly. During the early part of the period people were usually buried in a crouched position in stone cists, but later cremation was preferred with the remains interred in urns like these. They created cemeteries by burying several urns at one site, sometimes marking it with a cairn or mound of earth and stones. The urns were often buried upside down. They were decorated with twisted cord or string impressions and incised and impressed oval, circular and diamond shapes.

Place of Discovery:
Dinwoodiegreen Moated Manor Farm, Applegarth
Materials/Media:
clay & red clay
Dimensions:
height: 210 mm diameter (base): 80 mm diameter (rim): 185 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1960.103.4
Digital Number:
RPD0103
References:
MORRISON, A - "Cinerary Urns and Pygmy Vessels in South West Scotland", TDGNHAS, 3rd series, volume 45, p80-140, 1968


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