The Beaker Culture c. 2,500 – 1,700 BC. introduced ceramics, the earliest metal work, and arrowheads into our culture. Their arrival marked the end of the Neolithic culture.

Three Cinerary Urns

During the excavation, of Charlesland between December 2002 and August 2004, seventeen archaeological sites dating from the Neolithic to the medieval period were found.

Beaker pottery was recovered under the burnt mound of a fulacht fiadh.

Fifth class are going to look at beaker pottery, the materials used, how it was made, and the patterns incised into the clay to inspire their own work in clay.

Today the class looked at slides of some beaker pots. Greystones has a lot of natural clay. Many of the children have seen clay at the base of the cliffs on the North Beach.We discussed what kind of tools the Beaker People might have used to decorate their pots. There were interesting suggestions of bones and sticks.

Then they spend time exploring natural clay. Their was a lot of water in the clay and it was very cold. We did a lot of exercises to warm up the clay and get used to moulding and forming it. They made it into spheres, cubes, cylinders,and pyramids.

By then the clay was not so soft or cold. Everyone used their hands to create a pinch pot. We gave each group a selection of ‘tools’ to decorate their pots. Many of these ‘tools’ were found objects from everyday life just as the Beaker People would have used objects from their lives.

The children will make their own forms during their next session using clay from Greystones. The artists will pit fire this work and it will be used in the final artwork.