Beaker People

Ardchattan is a location where the Beaker People lived in the Bronze Age.
We have a lot to learn about what is known so far, and much knowledge is being added all the time.

There is an amazing Beaker that was found in a garden in Benderloch, that is now exhibited at Kilmartin Glen.
Found near Oban by a member of the public whilst gardening, the urn is around 3000 years old.
Analysis revealed that the pot had been used initially for cooking food and then was buried as a cremation urn for a young woman and small child. It is common for pottery vessels to feature in burial rituals.

The Bell-Beaker culture (sometimes shortened to Beaker culture, Beaker people, or Beaker folk), c. 2900 – 1800 BC is the term for a widely scattered 'archaeological culture' of prehistoric western Europe starting in the late Neolithic or Chalcolithic and running into the early Bronze Age. The term was coined by John Abercromby, based on the culture's distinctive pottery drinking beakers.

Beakers arrive in Britain with the Beaker culture from 2500BC.
They were made by building up a series of clay rings. The clay had stones or broken up old pots added so that they did not explode when fired. As the clay is red it is assumed that they are fired on open air bonfires (in a closed kiln the clay would darken). The most probable use for beakers were as drinking vessels.

Here is a podcast that explains a bit about the Beaker People as part of the Achananich Beaker Burial Project from the outstanding researcher Dr Alison Sheridan.

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