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From Unival, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

Postcard of Bowl.
© National Museums Scotland


This bowl was found in a chambered cairn at Unival on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. It had been placed inside the tomb as a grave gift, and had probably contained an offering of food or drink. It dates from between 3400 and 2900 BC.

The bowl is hemispherical with a broad, out-turned rim. It is fireware and has been burnished on the exterior. The entire outer surface is decorated, with incised lines forming a herringbone pattern on the body and three rows of impressions on the rim.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-515-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EO 862
Date: Between 3400 and 2900 BC
Material: Ceramic, mostly burnished black outside; weakly carinated; strongly everted rim, bevelled to the inside; rim decorated with three rows of leaf-shaped depressions, herring-bone wise, on top and one on edge; walls and base covered with rows of oblique chann
Dimensions: 3.30" H x 5.70" D
What: Pottery / bowl
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, North Uist, Unival
Description: Decorated hemispherical bowl, weakly carinated, mostly burnished black outside, from Unival, North Uist
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