Historical knowledge

The Skarpsalling Pot

Some of the most beautiful objects from Danish prehistory are made of pottery. In the Stone Age in particular, beautiful pottery was produced with fine forms and complex patterns.

Pottery is an important aid to archaeologists when they date finds. Stone Age pottery has been precisely mapped on the basis of form and decoration. Ceramic vessels can be divided into various styles with different time durations. Through these styles we can follow the development of pottery and establish how old the various pots are.

One of the best known examples of Stone Age pottery is the vessel that was found at a barrow near Skarpsalling in Himmerland. This richly decorated pot was made around 3200 BC.

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