Mr. James Ruddock
Date Made/Found: 2500-800 BC
, 1813 - 1858
Previous owner: Previously owned by
, British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Ceramic
Accession Number: J93.794
This food vessel was found near Cawthorn Camps, North Yorkshire. Antiquarians believed these Bronze Age pots held food to go with the drink in the Beaker pots. Archaeologists are still unsure what they were used for but the name has stuck. Whilst Beaker pots were made and used across Europe, food vessels are distinctly British and were only produced here. After Beakers became unfashionable, people preferred to place food vessels in burials.
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, like those seen here, are common. These were pushed into the soft, damp clay before firing.