Pygmy cup from the Tyning's Farm barrow group, Somerset

Spelaeological Society Museum


The Bronze Age on Mendip (2,000 – 650 BC) is known primarily from its burial and religious sites. These are mainly barrows – mounds of earth or stones placed over burial sites - which occur either singly or in cemeteries. This pygmy cup was excavated from a barrow. It is of very simple design, with a decorated rim and an ornamental ridge round the outside. It may have been used for burning incense. It has two holes in one side which could indicate that it had been designed to be hung up while in use.

  • Photographer: Graham Mullan
  • Copyright: University of Bristol
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