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. This funnel-necked jar is marked by the impression of a mat or textile pressed against the wet clay before firing. It is handmade and like other storage jars much coarser than the finer pottery people ate and drank from. Donated by Lt. Col. Townsend. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Chipped surface, worn, pitted, surface loss, surface dirt, black mark on base, running crack from top rim down neck.