About this object

John Garstang’s excavations at Meroë were mostly focused on the city and its surrounding structures. His team also cleared groups of tombs in nearby cemeteries and found large quantities of handmade beer jars like this one. The surface of this jar had been carefully polished with a stone before firing. This technique produced a black shiny surface. On one side of the jar is a small area of decoration.

In good condition except for a crack running across the side. Marked in ink 'Meroe' and by the excavator "M11 337 /2" (...possibly - hard to read).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Meroitic Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date made
    100 AD – 300 AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, 1947
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    255 mm x 344 mm
  • Related people


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