Pot (piece) from Midhowe Broch, Rousay, Orkney

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Postcard of Pot (piece) from Midhowe Broch, Rousay, Orkney.
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Pot (piece) from Midhowe Broch, Rousay, Orkney

This fragmentary pot was found at Midhowe Broch on Rousay in Orkney. It was used for cooking or storage sometime between 200 BC and 400 AD.

Approximately two-thirds of the coarse pot survives. It has been partly restored.

Although brochs were defensive structures, finds of everyday activity, such as this pot, show that they were meant to be lived in, rather than simply refuges in times of trouble.

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Online ID: 000-000-136-619-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0035: Early Scottish Shelter - Life in the Prehistoric Home (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GAM 147
Date: Between 200 BC and 400 AD
Material: Ceramic, gritty, coarse
Dimensions: 11.80" H x 9.00" est D
What: Pot / portion
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Rousay, Midhowe
Description: Portion of a pot of coarse gritty fabric, from Midhowe Broch, Orkney
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