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From West Lothian and Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Beakers.
© National Museums Scotland


Beakers are a range of early pottery, including coarse jars and fine pots for drinking. These examples were found at Bathgate in West Lothian and in Aberdeenshire. They are of a style popular in Continental Europe from around 2500 BC.

Both beakers are decorated all over their exterior surfaces with closely-spaced horizontal lines of tightly twisted cord impressions.

Beaker pottery was adopted as a prestigious Continental novelty from around 2500 BC along with other novelties. The finest beakers are usually found in burials, where they were deposited, probably full, as gifts to accompany the deceased to the afterlife.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-069-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EG 53
Date: Between 2500 and 2300 BC
Material: Ceramic, dark red, thin, hard; polished in parts; with a continuous spiral
Clay, finely baked; unusual form; ornamented with a continuous spiral line
Dimensions: 4.75" x 5.25"
7.63" H; mouth 6.63" D; neck 5.38" D; bulge 6.50" D; base 3.69"
What: Pottery / beaker
Pottery / beaker
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire
Scotland, West Lothian, Bathgate
Description: Beaker of finely baked clay of unusual form, ornamented with a continuous spiral line, from Aberdeenshire
Beaker of dark red thin hard ware, polished in parts, with a continuous spiral, from Bathgate
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