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Peterborough ware

(-3400 - -2500)

The Museum collection contains a representative selection of the three styles into which Neolithic Peterborough Ware is sub-divided: Ebbsfleet, Mortlake and Fengate. Two: Ebbsfleet and Mortlake, were originally defined on the basis of finds made in the lower Thames valley. Both are round-based forms while Fengate vessels are flat-based.

All three styles employ coil-built vessels in flint-tempered fabrics decorated with varying combinations of impressions created by twisted and whipped cord, reeds, sticks, the bones of small birds and mammals and human finger-tips and finger-nails.

It used to be thought that a chronological progression could be discerned, with the decoratively restrained Ebbsfleet the earliest and flat-based Fengate the latest. However, recent radiocarbon dating has demonstrated that all three styles were fully developed and in simultaneous use by 3000 BC.

Most of the local finds of Peterborough Ware were either deposited in the Thames or buried in small pits along its banks. As such, it is possible that they represent (or contained) offerings made to earth and water.

Related objects

There are 49 related objects.

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49.87/34 bowl.
Neolithic

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49.87/28 bowl.
Neolithic

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C953 vessel.
Neolithic

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C944 vessel.
Neolithic

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C941 vessel.
Neolithic

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A13671 vessel.
Neolithic

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A10215 vessel.
Neolithic

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49.87/57 bowl.
Neolithic

49.87/40 bowl.
Neolithic

49.87/41 bowl.
Neolithic

49.87/37 bowl.
Neolithic

49.87/38a bowl.
Neolithic

49.87/39 bowl.
Neolithic

49.87/36 bowl.
Neolithic

49.87/31 bowl.
Neolithic

49.87/32 bowl.
Neolithic

49.87/33 bowl.
Neolithic

49.87/38b bowl.
Neolithic

50.10 bowl.
Neolithic; 3500BC-2750BC

P21 bowl.
Neolithic; 3500BC-2750BC

49.87/29 bowl.
Neolithic; 3500BC-2750BC

49.87/1 bowl.
Neolithic; 3500BC-2750BC

A13666 bowl.
Neolithic; 3500BC-2750BC

A13667 jar.
Later Neolithic

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