barrel urn

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Type of large middle Bronze Age pot found within the overall repertoire of the Deverel–Rimbury ceramic tradition of southern Britain in the period 1500 bc through to 1200 bc. Usually over 60 cm high, barrel urns have a distinctive profile, wider in the middle than at the base or the rim, often with applied cordons that are decorated with finger‐tip impressions. Found on domestic sites where they were presumably used as storage vessels and as containers for cremations often found as secondary burials in earlier round barrows.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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