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Food vessel
Date Made/Found: 2500-800 BC
Excavator: Mr. James Ruddock , 1813 - 1858
Previous owner: Previously owned by Thomas Bateman , British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Ceramic
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J93.797
This food vessel was found near Newton-upon-Rawcliffe, Pickering, 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.

Pots were made on a household scale. People did not travel far to collect raw materials and used local sources of clay. Extra material, known as temper, was mixed into the clay to diffuse heat and stop pots from exploding during firing. Pieces of stone, straw and grog (broken up bits of old pots) were used for this purpose
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