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Three clay beakers

Beaker Pottery (Colchester)

Beakers arrive in Britain with the Beaker culture from 2500BC.

They were made by building up a series of clay rings. The clay had stones or broken up old pots added so that they did not explode when fired. As the clay is red it is assumed that they are fired on open air bonfires (in a closed kiln the clay would darken). The most probable use for beakers were as drinking vessels.

The pictured examples were found at St Osyth, Sible Hedingham, and Langham.

Bronze Age Collections

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