Pitt Rivers Museum Anthropology and World Archaology




Decorated pot



Excavated by John Burges Eustace Garstang

Given to the Museum by Peter Lewis Shinnie in 1954

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Decorated pot, Sudan

This pot has been decorated by impressing a textile on to the clay before firing. It was excavated in Meroë, Sudan, in 1910, and dates from around the 4th century AD. As ancient textiles have often perished, whilst pottery is more durable, textile imprints on pots are important evidence for archaeologists investigating ancient textile techniques.

View database record 1954.6.2