Ceramic pot found in a child's grave

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From Nunraw, East Lothian

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Ceramic pot found in a child's grave

This small ceramic pot was found in a child's grave at Nunraw in East Lothian. It is a smaller version of a type of pot found in adult burials, and was buried sometime between 2300 and 1800 BC.

The pot is decorated with incised lines created with a comb, arranged in bands around the pot from the rim to the base.

Different age groups sometimes had different burial customs. Some children received a modified version of an adult burial. Here, this unusually small pot was included as a grave good within a cist containing a child's inhumation.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-958-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EG 116
Date: Between 2300 and 1800 BC
Material: Ceramic, interior grey to greyish brown, exterior greyish brown reddish brown; interior of rim bevelled; intact, apart from some springing around upper part; decoration, comb impressed designs in 3 zones separated by 3 narrow reserved zones
Dimensions: 154 mm H; rim 132 mm D; base 76 mm D
What: Pottery / beaker
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Garvald, Nunraw
Description: Smaller than average beaker from a child inhumation at Nunraw, East Lothian
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