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Beaker Pottery Drawing © 2000 Roger Jacobi (Drawing by Gill Hale)

Beaker Pottery Drawing

Drawing of Late Neolithic / Early Bronze Age decorated pottery Pin Hole. Age of pottery uncertain.

This drawing is of fragments of pottery found in Pin Hole by A.L. Armstrong during excavations between 1924 and 1936. The sherds are part of a Late Neolithic / Early Bronze Age beaker and most probably date from early in the 2nd millennium BC.

Armstrong found this fine ware beaker at 15.7 metres (51') from the cave entrance at a depth of 0.2 metres (8") beneath the surface of the deposits. The beaker is decorated around its neck and at its base with incised lozenges and additional horizontal lines. Nothing is known of its context, except that one sherd was found at a shallow depth. From the cave there are also a small number of retouched flints which appear Late Neolithic, as well as some cutmarked pig bones, so it is possible that the cave was occupied. There are no human bones from Pin Hole, so the deposition of this beaker does not seem to have been in a funerary context and may have been deposited with a drink offering.

Glossary: Anatomically modern humans, Artefact, Assemblage, Backing, Beaker, Biface, Blade, Bronze Age, Context, Cordiform, Core, Cortex, Creswellian, Culture, Debitage, Early Upper Palaeolithic, Flake, Flake tool, Glacial, Hafting, Handaxe, Ice Age, Interglacial, Late Upper Palaeolithic, Middle Palaeolithic, Neanderthal, Neolithic, Palaeolithic, Pleistocene, Retouch, Tool, Upper Palaeolithic