collared urn

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A type of early and middle Bronze Age cinerary urn found extremely widely in the British Isles. Although there are a range of forms, the basic characteristics include a small flat base, a conical body, and a heavy overhanging rim or collar which is usually ornamented with incised or impressed decoration. Two main body forms are represented: bi‐partite vessels and tri‐partite vessels. The origin of these vessels is probably to be found in the Fengate wares of the British late Neolithic Peterborough series. Collared urns appear around 2000 bc and are replaced by other styles of urn with continental affinities before 1500 bc. Ian Longworth provided a twofold typological division that reflected something of the chronological development of the tradition as a whole: the ‘primary series’ and the ‘secondary series’.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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