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Accessory vessel
Date Made/Found: 2350-800 BC
Vendor: John Percy Heathcote , born 1904
Excavator: Joseph Clee Heathcote , 1874 - 1952
Previous owner: Joseph Clee Heathcote , 1874 - 1952
Material and Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: Height 57mm, maximum diameter 72mm.
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1979.904
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. This one was found on Stanton Moor, Derbyshire.

Accessory vessels vary greatly in size, shape and decoration. Some have perforations on their sides and may have been suspended.

Pots were fired in bonfires which allowed lots of air to circulate. The oxygen in the air gave some of the pots their distinctive red colour.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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