Ancient Bronze Age pot on display in the Fife Museum

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The pot or vessel dating from the Bronze Age – a time from around 2000 BC to 700 BC

A food container, which is a type of pot of The Bronze Age was exhibited in a museum in Fife, eastern Scotland.

The container is 5,000 years old and it was discovered with three ancient coffins, human remains and a number of items including a flint knife and a flint arrowhead. Flint is a type of hard gray rock that was used to make weapons.

The items were found during the destruction of a shop and hotel over 40 years ago on Kirkcaldy High Street.

Marta Innes, part of the University of Glasgow’s archeology team, said: “It’s a rare privilege to reanalyze an ancient object so many years after it was discovered.

“We hope this will help us better understand prehistoric life in the area.”

Conservation work

The patterned clay pot, which measures 165mm in diameter and 160mm in height, was found in several pieces when it was discovered, so it was reconstructed by archaeologists.

Specialists have protected the container with a sticky material that allows the pot to be dismantled again, if necessary.

The pot had to be filled and then repainted in several parts because only 75% of the original pot survived.

The newer pieces have a different color than the original so visitors can tell which items have been added.

Jane Freel, who manages the museum’s collections on behalf of Fife Council, said: “We are delighted that visitors can now see this magnificent object for themselves as it offers a fascinating insight into Kirkcaldy’s distant past.”

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