Pottery Jar, Pilgrim Flask

Country
Egypt
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Description
Oval bodied earthenware jar with two looped handles, overted lip and a narrow neck
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian pot
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Measurements
L200mm x D405 mm
Media/Materials description
Pottery
Signature/Marks
E224
History and use
This pottery jar was collected from a tomb in Thebes and held grains used to make bread, a staple of the ancient Egyptian diet.

The contents of the pottery vessel included grains of ancient glume wheat emmer (Triticum dicoccum), wheat chaff elements (e.g. Triticum turgidum and T. durum) and hulled six-rowed barley (Hordeum vulgare var. hexastichum) and fragments of cereal straw (culm) and awn fragments.

The dominance of grain, the absence of weed seeds and the relatively small quantity of chaff/straw elements indicates that specimens derive from a processed crop product. The presence of a few contaminants suggests that the grain was drawn from stored crop product that had not received its final hand-cleaning prior to consumption.
Registration number
E40052.1

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