Pot, beaker

Archaeologists call this type of Early Bronze Age pottery a beaker. While many beakers were used for food and drink they are also often found with burials. This was the case with the Cranbrook beaker. An extraordinary archer’s bracer was also found with the burial. The bracer was made from stone quarried high up in the Cumbrian mountains.
The Cranbrook beaker is only the fourth to be found complete with a burial in Devon, the other three finds were made in the 19th century. It is decorated all over with a comb-stamped pattern and is the first beaker of this form to be found in Devon. It is also the first Beaker in Devon or Cornwall to be found in association with a bracer.
The burial place seems to have had enormous significance to the ancient community at Cranbrook. For thousands of years that spot had been venerated as a special place. The origins of this veneration seem to date back to a large tree growing on the site around 10,000 years ago. The tree survived for thousands of years and the archaeologist found deposits of flint tools at it’s base. In the Bronze Age the tree was succeeded by, or possibly replaced by, a dug shaft with the beaker burial at the bottom. The ring ditch was also dug around the burial site.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Exeter archaeology
Common Name
pot, beaker
Simple Name
Full Name
beaker with comb-stamped decoration
Period Classification
Bronze Age (2600-700 BC); Early Bronze Age (2600-1600 BC)
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Foundations Archaeology
Collection Site Name
Cranbrook Area C and School Site CBD11
Collection Parish
Collection Town
Collection County
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent

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