The dating of food vessels and urns in ireland


The term Food Vessel Culture is not generally used in modern archaeological reports as the term is seen as rather outdated due to changes in archaeological theory.They may have reached Ireland via Britain from the lowland areas around the Rhine or farther north.In Ireland food vessels coincide with beakers and have been found all over.It is a possibility that vessels discovered in Scotland and Ireland dated to the Early/Middle Neolithic, known as impressed wares, are the precursor of the food vessel (Gibson 2002, 95).



Recently, the concept of the food vessels was questioned by many archaeologists in favour of a concept of two different traditions: the bowl tradition and the vase tradition. It is not known what food vessels were used for and they only received their name as antiquarians decided they were not beakers (regarded as drinking-vessels) and so it provided a good contrast.In Britain food vessels are attested around 2200BC and are most prevalent at the time beaker pottery was being replaced by other types of ceramic, such as cordoned urns and collared urns.In Britain they have a distinct focus in the north.

Food vessels generally have complex decoration, and are of a similar form to other second millennium vessels, such as collared urns and accessory vessels, suggesting they all stemmed from the same type of Neolithic vessel (Gibson & Woods 1997, 162).The earliest food vessels are of the bowl form and first appear in Ireland during the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age transition (~2400BC).


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