B013 – British Bronze Age Cremation Bowl – 1200BC


A primitive, beautiful and rare Ancient European Bronze Age ceramic Bowl dating to approximately 1400 – 800 BC. Originally found in southern England near a Bronze Age settlement. Whilst at the time of creation this bowl may have served as a cooking utensil, at the end of the owner’s life it would have served as a cremation bowl for accommodating the owner’s burnt remains. Many ceramics like this have been found in South Britain dating to the late Neolithic or early bronze age periods; eg. Trevisker Ware. Please consult: Bronze Age Britain. By Michael Parker Pearson. English Heritage. ISBN: 0-7134-6856-4. Such vessels have also been found all round Europe including England, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary.

An example of a possible Trevisker Ware Culture Pottery, this bowl has been restored.

Provenance: Found during early excavations in Southern England – Was in a private English collection between 1980 – 2000, until it was sold through the antique arts market in 2021 and bought from a private buyer in Lithuania.

Age: c. 1400 – 800 BC

Period : Chalcolithic Europe – Bronze Age Europe

Size: 22.5 cm

Weight: 1042 g

Bronze Age

The Bronze Age is a prehistoric period that was characterised by the use of bronze, in some areas proto-writing, and other early features of urban civilisation. The Bronze Age is the second principal period of the three-age Stone-Bronze-Iron system, as proposed in modern times by Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, for classifying and studying ancient societies.

An ancient civilisation is defined to be in the Bronze Age either by producing bronze by smelting its own copper and alloying with tin, arsenic, or other metals, or by trading for bronze from production areas elsewhere. Bronze is harder and more durable than other metals available at the time, allowing Bronze Age civilisation’s to gain a technological advantage.

Chalcolithic Europe

The Chalcolithic (also Aeneolithic, Copper Age) period of Prehistoric Europe, lasted roughly from 3500 to 1700 BC.

It was a period of Megalithic culture, the appearance of the first significant economic stratification, and probably the earliest presence of Indo-European speakers.

The economy of the Chalcolithic, even in the regions where copper was not yet used, was no longer that of peasant communities and tribes: some materials began to be produced in specific locations and distributed to wide regions. Mining of metal and stone was particularly developed in some areas, along with the processing of those materials into valuable goods.

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