Western Style Neolithic pottery

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Style of plain or little decorated early and middle Neolithic pottery found in the western parts of the British Isles, especially Ireland. In 1961 Humphrey Case defined Western Neolithic ware as being round‐based bowls, normally thin‐walled, hard, generally dark‐brown, and with a shouldered profile. Four substyles were recognized in Ireland: Dunmurry style, Ballymarlagh style, Limerick style, and the Lyles Hill style. The last mentioned was used by Isobel Smith in 1974 to help define a widespread class of early Neolithic pottery that she called the Grimston–Lyles Hill series; these vessels are now more commonly known as carinated bowls.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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