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Bell Beaker excavated from Inkpen

Accession Number:

NEBYM:1935.L12

This ceramic beaker was discovered in 1935 by a group of workmen digging sand in Inkpen.  This type of beaker is called a bell beaker due to its shape.  Bell beakers have been found across most of Europe and date between 2,450-1800 BCE during the European Bronze Age.  They were made by coiling clay into shape before being decorated, in this case with small crosses.  It was believed that this beaker was buried as a ‘grave good’ but further excavations did not find any human remains or evidence of a grave.

Other items in the collection

Farming Smock

A white linen smock worn by the donor’s mother’s uncle who was a farmer.

Farming Smock

Cavalry Helmet

An iron helmet with a broad rim and decorative brass top.

Cavalry Helmet
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