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).