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Saxon biconical jar

Saxon biconical jar
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

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Biconical jar of buff sandy ware. This jar has been wheelthrown. It has two zones of stamped decoration separated by cordon on its upper body. The base is flat and roughly cut off. This jar was imported from the Frankish areas of what is now northern France and Belgium. The Franks were a tribe that ruled over much of France and western Germany. At the time this pot was made, the ruling Frankish dynasty was the Merovingians (named after King Merovig, who ruled from about 447-458). The Franks and the Anglo-Saxons had strong trading connections. Handmade pottery was for use in the home, but was also buried with the dead.

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601 AD - 700 AD
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