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Type of early Bronze Age pot found in northern Britain and Ireland from the period 1800 to 1200 bc. The name derives from an antiquarian suggestion that these pits were intended to hold food for the deceased's journey into the afterlife, just as beakers were thought to hold drink. Heavily decorated, food vessels are either biconical or bowl‐shaped, usually in fine fabrics. They are mainly associated with cremation burials, and in some cases represent part of a set of grave goods that also includes plano‐convex knives and necklaces of jet beads.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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