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Accessory vessel
Previous owner: Previously owned by Thomas Bateman , British, 1821 - 1861
Excavator: Mr. James Ruddock , 1813 - 1858
Material and Medium: Pottery
Dimensions: Height 45mm, maximum diameter 79mm.
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J93.895
Small pottery cups are often found buried in Bronze Age graves alongside other pots. They are sometimes called accessory vessels. Archaeologists are not sure what the function of these tiny pots was. Some have perforations on their sides and may have been suspended.

Pots were made on a household scale and vary greatly in size, shape and decoration. Bronze Age potters liked to decorate their creations. Elaborate, repeating incised or impressed patterns, like the cord impressions seen here, are common. These were pushed into the soft, damp clay before firing.
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