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Early ceramic pot

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From near Craignish Castle, Argyll

Early ceramic pot
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This ceramic pot was found near Craignish Castle in Argyll in a stone cist (box-like grave) together with a stone axehead. It probably contained an offering of food or drink. Other cists were found nearby, suggesting the former presence of a cemetery.

The pot is decorated over most of its exterior surface with stab impressions and impressions of twisted cord. It has been partly restored.

From around 2500 BC, individual burial became popular over much of Scotland. In most cases, the only item to be buried with the dead was a pot. In this grave the corpse may have lain on a cattle hide - a sign of status.

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