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The Bronze Age


Cinerary Urn, Applegarth

Bronze Age

This collared cinerary urns has been re-assembled, from several fragments and has a flat narrow base. This example has been decorated with a pattern of slanting vertical ropes marks, and found inverted inside a larger urn.


Unlike neolithic people who usually buried their dead communally in chambered tombs, Bronze Age people preferred to bury their dead singly. During the early part of the period people were usually buried in a crouched position in stone cists, but later cremation was preferred with the remains interred in urns like these. They created cemeteries by burying several urns at one site, sometimes marking it with a cairn or mound of earth and stones. The urns were often buried upside down. They were decorated with twisted cord or string impressions and incised and impressed oval, circular and diamond shapes.

Place of Discovery:
Dinwoodiegreen Moated Manor Farm, Applegarth
clay & red clay
height: 210 mm diameter (base): 80 mm diameter (rim): 185 mm
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
Digital Number:
MORRISON, A - "Cinerary Urns and Pygmy Vessels in South West Scotland", TDGNHAS, 3rd series, volume 45, p80-140, 1968

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