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From Thornton, Innerwick, East Lothian And Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Beakers.
© National Museums Scotland


Beakers were fancy pots for drink or food. These examples were placed in graves at Thornton at Innerwick in East Lothian and at Ellon in Aberdeenshire sometime between 2300 and 1800 BC. They probably contained an offering for the afterlife.

Full sized beaker of light brown clay from a smaller than normal cist with the cremation of a 3 - 5 year old child, from Thornton, Innerwick

The beaker from Thornton is of a normal size, but was found in a smaller than usual cist containing a cremation of a three- to five-year-old child.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-072-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EG 37
Date: 2300 - 1800 BC
Between 2300 and 1800 BC
Material: Clay, light brown
Ornamented with impressed triangles of dotted lines
Dimensions: 4.50" x 4.50"
8.00" H; mouth 6.50" external D; bulge 6.25" D; base 3.38" D
What: Pottery / beaker
Pottery / beaker
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Ellon
Scotland, East Lothian, Innerwick, Thornton
Description: Beaker ornamented with impressed triangles of dotted lines, from Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Early Bronze Age, 2300 - 1800 BC
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