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Accessory vessel
Date Made/Found: 2350-800 BC
Material and Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: Height 48mm, maximum diameter 86mm.
Place Object Found: Derbyshire
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1966.254
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. Accessory vessels vary greatly in size, shape and decoration.

Prehistoric pots were coil-built. This means they were made by building up rings of clay and smoothing the sides to flatten the bumpy surface. Bronze Age potters liked to decorate their creations. Elaborate, repeating incised or impressed patterns are common. These were pushed into the soft, damp clay before firing.
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