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Sun Symbol Beaker

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 “What Beaker pottery can tell us

Pottery is an example of how studying artefacts opens windows into past cultures. Around 4,500 years ago, a new, bell-shaped pottery style appeared in Iberia, in present-day Spain and Portugal. These 'bell-beakers' quickly spread across Europe, reaching Britain fewer than 100 years later.

Archaeologists have been unsure whether the spread of Beaker pottery - and the culture associated with it - represented a large-scale migration of people, or was simply due to the exchange of new cultures and ideas.

The study helps resolves this century-old debate, says Museum archaeologist Dr Tom Booth: 'The question of whether new things spread by the movement of people or ideas has been one of the most important and long-running questions in archaeology, and it's fascinating to see that both are the case for the Beaker culture.'”

The 4 beakers were inspired by the above notion of The Beaker People (not as a copy. I make work spontaneously) . I was looking at prehistoric British pottery and thought to call this series the Creswell Beakers.

“Ilkley’s ‘Swastika Stone’ – deemed important enough to be guarded by railings just on the edge of Ilkley Moor –unique in style Britain and one of only a few similar designs throughout the world – has been in situ for possibly as many as 4,000 years and has been the subject of myth, counter myth and rumour for at least the last 100 years.

The’ cup and ring’ rock engraving (pictured) is at best a vague swastika shape – in fact, to the casual passer-by, it would hardly merit the name; but comparisons with the ‘old’ swastikas of Hindu origin, and those which are scattered richly throughout world history, are striking.

The markings show an alignment of nine ‘cups’ or ball-bearing sized bore holes in the rocks on Woodhouse Crag, interwoven with an enclosed snaking ring shape which itself forms a rudimentary swastika shape. A tenth cup, partly encircled, lies to the side of the arrangement.

Each of the Stone’s arms point to compass points; due north – within one degree  - towards Simon’s Seat, close to Bolton Abbey; east, towards Almscliff Crag, while the tenth rogue cup, also easterly, has long been thought to point to the position of the sun at the dawning of the summer solstice.

Some scholars believe the markings have a Celtic connection with St Brigid, and that Brigantia, the goddess worshiped by the Brigantes tribe of Northern England, (meaning ‘after Brigid’ or ‘the people of Brigid’) is synonymous with her name.

Devotees of St Brigid's  - with strong associations in Ireland – would often  make a cross from straw; the design of these varied from place to place but often resembled a swastika or ‘sun wheel’. It’s perhaps significant that the Brigantes were active around Ilkley.

As Britain’s invading Romans marched northwards from 79 AD onwards, they abutted the Celtic Brigantes tribe - one time allies, and then later overran them and the Pennines to establish hill a fort in Ilkley, near All Saints Church, and outposts at Adel, among others.”.


Size Approx: 10" x 7" Diamter

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