Steatite urn

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From Uyea, Unst

Postcard of Steatite urn.
© National Museums Scotland

Steatite urn

This steatite urn was found at Uyea on Unst in Shetland. It was used to hold cremated remains, sometime between 1850 and 1200 BC.

The urn is fragmentary at the top.

Inhabitants of the Northern Isles had their own distinctive funerary customs during the 2nd millennium BC, burying their dead in distinctive pots. Steatite, which outcrops on Shetland, is an easily carved stone, and was sometimes used instead of pottery.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-089-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EK 28
Date: Between 1850 and 1200 BC
Material: Steatite, imperfect
Dimensions: 8" x 5.25" x 4.75"
What: Pottery / urn
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Unst, Uyea
Description: Pottery / urn
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