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CINERARY URN

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A generic term referring to several types of large pottery vessel, used as containers for cremated human bone during prehistory. For ornamental garden urns use URN (GARDEN) from the Monuments Thesaurus.

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Term Note
FOOD VESSEL A decorated ceramic vessel of Bronze Age date, usually found as a grave good in a funerary context.
FOOD VESSEL URN A large, decorated ceramic vessel of Bronze Age date, usually found in a funerary context as a receptacle for a cremation, but can be associated with an inhumation.
URN A vase-like receptacle. For those used as a container for cremated human bone use CINERARY URN. For ornamental garden urns use URN (GARDEN) from the Monument thesaurus.

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