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Unlike the uniformity of forms and fabrics evident in the southern British Deverel-Rimbury and post-Deverel-Rimbury ceramic traditions, Iron Age pots show an increasing tendency towards the development of discrete regional styles. The introduction of the potter┐s wheel in the last century BC effectively draws a line under nearly four millennia of hand-made prehistoric potting.
The region's late prehistoric pottery can be divided up using the filling agents as a rough guide. Flint-tempered fabrics are usually attributable to the Early Pre-Roman Iron Age (EPRIA: 7th - 5th cents BC); quartz sand-tempered fabrics are usually attributable to the Middle Pre-Roman Iron Age (MPRIA: 4th - 1st cents BC); and grog - and shell - tempered fabrics are usually attributable to the Late Pre-Roman Iron Age (LPRIA: 1st cent BC - 1st cent AD).
In terms of form, EPRIA vessels are characterised by finger-tip decorated jars and bowls with strongly marked shoulders and carinations; MPRIA vessels are characterised by a range of burnished jars, bowls and saucepan pots; while LPRIA vessels are dominated by bead-rimmed and necked jars.
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