Pelton, County Durham
During excavation on a farm at Pelton, County Durham, sherds
of two pottery vessels were found. The first appears to be a large, robust
Beaker, decorated profusely on the body with impressed decoration, possibly
made with a twig or bird bone applied obliquely to the vessel walls. This
decoration is reminiscent of that found on several Beakers locally, including
the Hasting Hill Beaker and the Wether Hill Beaker, which demonstrate basic
impressed decoration rather than the characteristic Beaker comb decoration.
The second vessel is more difficult to identify, but appears
to be some form of hemispherical bowl with a plain rim. The decoration is
badly worn, but it appears to have been decorated with bands of incised or
impressed chevrons. The surface of the decoration is too worn to identify
the exact method of decoration.
These pots are important because of where they are found. Neither vessel was found in association with a burial, which is how prehistoric pottery is normally found. Rather, these pots were found in a domestic situation. This suggest that not all pots were destined to end up in burials.
The pots are also important as they are a rare example of prehistoric pottery from County Durham.