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From Sundayswells Hills, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Beaker.
© National Museums Scotland


Beakers are a range of early pottery, including jars and fine pots for drinking. This example was found in a grave at the centre of a ring cairn at Sundayswells Hills in Aberdeenshire.

The beaker is ornamented with horizontal lines of twisted cord impressions all over its exterior surface. It is a type popular in Continental Europe, particularly the middle and lower Rhineland, between 2500 and 2050 BC.

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: 000-100-035-967-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 566
Date: Between 2500 and 2050 BC
Material: Ceramic, brick coloured; ornamented with the impression of a cord wound spirally round from rim to base
Dimensions: 6.00" H; rim 5.40" D; base 2.50" D
What: Pottery / beaker
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Sundayswells Hill
Description: Brick coloured beaker, type B, ornamented with the impression of a cord wound spirally round from rim to base, from Sundayswells Hill, Aberdeenshire
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