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Accessory vessel, Flints
Date Made/Found: 2500-900 BC
Previous owner: Previously owned by Thomas Bateman , British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Pottery and Flint
Dimensions: Height 58mm, maximum diameter 82mm.
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J93.882
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 accessory vessel was found with four flint objects.

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. 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.
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