A pair of beakers from Folkton, North Yorkshire

Scans of pottery and bronze items are from ‘Recent researches in barrows in Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire etc’ by Rev. William Greenwell 1890

These are smallish pottery vessels that are often known as ‘drinking cups’ because of their general resemblance to modern cups, beakers or mugs and were often decorated with incised chevrons and hatching or by pressing twisted cords into the wet clay. Often found in association with burials it is thought that they originated in Europe and it is suggested that different styles were brought over by successive waves of settlers during the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age onwards, they give their name to the ‘Beaker Culture’ that these incomers introduced to the British Isles.

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