Cellar room - Prehistoric ceramic vessels

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Prehistoric ceramic vessels

The head of the research, Jenő Hillebrand, summarised the characteristics of the ceramics excavated in 1921 as follows:

"The material of the vessels is usually finely silted and thin walled. Only the flowerpot-shaped pots with slip trailing ornaments are made of poorly silted clay, and they are badly burned. They are therefore extremely crumbly. They were probably only used for the cult of the dead and were not in everyday use. The extraordinary richness of the variety of the shapes of the vessels is striking, in contrast to which the line decoration remains in the background.

The most important types of vessels in the Bodrogkeresztúr culture circle include milk jug shaped vessels, which always have two small spouts on the rim or very close to the rim. This form can be found in most of the tombs of this cultural group. They are usually unadorned.

However, if the pots are line-designed, with a few exceptions, they are also lime-lined. It's very interesting that the filler is made from the shells of powdered mussels."

And now let's take a big leap back in time, because in Bodrogkeresztúr the Copper Age was not the only period of time when ceramic pots were made!

Watch our short film about the culture of Bodrogkeresztúr!