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From Colleonard, Banffshire

Postcard of Urn.
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This ceramic urn was found at Colleonard in Banffshire. It had seven bronze axeheads carefully packed within it, and was probably buried as a gift to the gods sometime between 2100 and 1850 BC.

The urn is notched on the rim, below which is a row of irregular markings. A raised moulding around the middle of the urn is decorated with slashes. Just above this there is a rough zigzag pattern which does not completely encircle the pot.

Offerings to the gods were often special material, treated in some way or put in special places. They must have been accompanied by ceremonies which we can only guess about.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-982-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EA 18
Date: Between 2100 and 1850 BC
Material: Clay
Dimensions: 7.50" x 6.00"
What: Pottery / cinerary urn
Where: Scotland, Banffshire, Colleonard
Description: Clay cinerary urn from Colleonard
  • Clarke, D.V., Cowie, T.G., & Foxon, Andrew (eds). Symbols of power at the time of Stonehenge. Edinburgh: National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland, 1985, pp 102-3, 181, 300-1. 
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