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Collared urn
Date Made/Found: 2500-900 BC
Material and Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: Height 222mm, diameter 184mm
Place Object Found: Sheffield
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J87.51
Collared urn pots gained their name because they have heavy collared rims. Their decoration is confined to the rims and shoulders. They range in size from small to very large. They can be simply or elaborately decorated. This one was found in Crookes, Sheffield.

Collared urns held the cremated remains of the dead. They were sometimes turned upside down on top of a stone slab in the burial.

When making the pots, extra material, known as temper, was mixed into the clay to diffuse heat and stop pots from exploding during firing. Pieces of stone, straw and grog (broken up bits of old pots) were used for this purpose.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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