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Fropm Brackmont Mill, near Leuchars, Fife

Postcard of Bowl.
© National Museums Scotland


This small ceramic pot was found in a cemetery at Brackmont Mill near Leuchars in Fife. It contained the cremated remains of a newborn baby. It is a smaller version of a type of pot found in adult burials, and was buried sometime between 2000 and 1500 BC.

The pot is decorated with incised lines forming triangles and hatched diamonds.

Different age groups sometimes had different burial customs. Some children received a modified version of an adult burial. Here, this unusually small pot containing the remains was buried upright in a cemetery where all the adults' urns were upside down.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-024-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 718
Date: Between 2000 and 1500 BC
Material: Concave neck; incised decoration; inside neck a zigzag line making triangles; outside, on neck a band of vertical zigzags; three horizontal lines below shoulder and also above base with a band of hatched diamonds between
Dimensions: 4.60" H; rim 4.30" D; neck 1.50" deep
What: Pottery / food vessel urn / vase food vessel
Where: Scotland, Fife, Leuchars, Brackmont Mill
Description: Miniature food vessel urn or smaller than usual bipartite vase food vessel, found with remains of neonate at Brackmont Mill, near Leuchars, Fife
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