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From Brackmont Mill, near Leuchars, Fife

Postcard of Urn.
© National Museums Scotland


This ceramic urn was found in a cemetery at Brackmont Mill near Leuchars in Fife. It was used to hold cremated remains sometime between 2000 and 1500 BC.

The urn has a pronounced collar, decorated with incised diamonds filled with lattice work. There is a row of finger tip impressions on the shoulder.

By around 1750 BC, in mainland Scotland, cremation had become the favoured funerary custom. Cremated remains were usually placed in an urn, buried upside down in a cist or pit. As before, individuals were buried in cemeteries, either flat or mounded.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-026-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 725
Date: Between 2000 and 1500 BC
Material: Collared; on the collar a row of incised diamonds filled with lattice; a row of finger tip impressions on the shoulder
Dimensions: 11.4" rim D x 16" H
What: Pottery / cinerary urn
Where: Scotland, Fife, Leuchars, Brackmont Mill
Description: Pottery / cinerary urn
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