(-1000 - -700)
Compared with the restricted range of forms that characterised the preceding Deverel-Rimbury tradition, those vessels datable to the centuries after 1000 BC represented a marked expansion in the potters┐ repertoire. Alongside large shouldered storage jars a new range of fine thin-walled cups and bowls emerged. These novel forms presumably reflected changes in the way that food and drink was served and consumed.
Two main ceramic phases can be discerned, both of which employed flint-tempered fabrics: an earlier 'plain-ware' phase, and a later ┐decorated┐ phase, with the changeover occurring around the 8th century BC. Plain-ware forms, which may have influenced (or been influenced by) sheet-metal vessels, included a range of cups and angular bowls with furrowed shoulders. Similar forms occurred in the decorated phase, but rims and shoulders were now given added emphasis by finger-tip and finger-nail impressions and linear tooling.
Many of the vessels in the collection were recovered from the Thames. Their diminutive, often miniature, size suggests that they fulfilled various non-utilitarian 'ritual' roles.
Related objectsThere are 8 related objects.