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From Boghead Farm, Sandhaven, Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire; Broomhill, Tough, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Beakers.
© National Museums Scotland


Beakers are a range of early pottery, including coarse jars and fine pots for drinking. These examples were found in a cist at Boghead Farm, at Sandhaven, at Pitsligo in Aberdeenshire, and in a sandpit at Broomhill, at Tough in Aberdeenshire.

Beaker of buff clay from a sandpit at Broomhill, Tough, Aberdeenshire

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: 000-100-035-074-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EG 77
Date: Between 2300 and 1750 BC
Material: Clay
Clay, buff
Dimensions: 5.88" H; mouth 5.50" D; neck 4.75" D
What: Pottery / beaker
Pottery / beaker
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Pitsligo, Sandhaven, Boghead Farm
Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Tough, Broomhill
Description: Clay beaker found in a short cist at Boghead Farm, Sandhaven, Pitsligo
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