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Deverel-Rimbury

(-1600 - -1000)

Deverel-Rimbury pots are the most characteristic vessels of the mid-late second millennium BC in southern Britain, and are regularly found in both funerary and settlement contexts. Historically, most of the Deverel-Rimbury vessels from the London area have been recovered from small cremation cemeteries containing between eight and fifty vessels.

There are two main vessel forms: thick-walled bucket urns of various sizes, often decorated with finger-tipping along the top of the flat rim and on applied cordons at the girth; and rarer thin-walled globular urns with slightly constricted necks or rims, and well-smoothed surfaces subtly decorated with burnished hatched triangles and horizontal lines. Smaller knobbed or lugged vessels are also sometimes found.

Fabrics are invariably tempered with burnt flint, the latter often very coarsely crushed. Occasionally the walls of bucket urns have been perforated just below the rim before firing, presumably for the attachment of an organic lid or skin to facilitate the pot's use as a storage container or drum.

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