cardial ware

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The earliest pottery of the western Mediterranean and parts of Atlantic Europe, named after its characteristic cockle shell (Cardium) decoration. Also known as impressed ware, this pottery is generally well made and includes other decorative motifs as well as lines made with the edge of shells. Where dated, this ware falls within the period c.5000–3500 bc. See also Impressed Ware Culture.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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