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12 13 The beCkhAmpTon poT evidence of fine craftmanship 5000 years ago The pot shown opposite was found in one of the mighty barrows at Beckhampton to the west of Avebury in the nineteenth century and is illustrated in Richard ColtHoares book. It is a fine example of what is known as flatbottomed grooveware. Earlier pots found in the area date from the early neolithic and mostly have rounded bottoms. Later pots such as the ones shown here were often used as funerary urns, containing the ashes of cremated individuals. Many have been found in burial chambers and barrows around Avebury by generations of graverobbers and archaeologists. Other examples are shown below.
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