Information for record number MWA2678:
Early Bronze Age Beaker near Coventry Road, Baginton

Summary Findspot - a Bronze Age beaker, a handleless drinking vessel, was found near Coventry Road, Baginton. The beaker was decorated with incised lines. Flint artefacts of the same date were also found in this location.
What Is It?  
Type: Findspot
Period: Early Bronze Age (2600 BC - 1601 BC)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Baginton
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 34 74
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 During the excavation of a gravel pit in 1931, a workman came across a Beaker (which he unfortunately broke) with a "flint near its foot": the former was found standing upright, was 8 and three quarters inches high, and 5 and three quarters inches in diameter at its widest point. It was decorated with up to 28 incised lines (in pairs) around it; between which were various forms of ornament made by short lines in chevrons, crosses etc. This was dated "by the British Museum as Early Bronze Age". The flint implement is one and three quarters inches long and seven-eighths of an inch broad at the top, tapering to a point. Much of it is unworked but at the point there is some fine secondary flaking. It is made of a yellow flint, and is unpatinated on the trimmed portion. Due to the nature of the find, these were not associated with any features or other finds.
3 Illustration of Beaker in FI File.
5 The area now is wild and overgrown (a back-filled quarry) and open to the public, for walking etc. The pottery and flint are both stored in the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry under the following accession numbers: A 880, A 1018.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: TBAS vol 54
Author/originator: Chatwin P B
Date: 1929
Page Number: 65-66
Volume/Sheet: 54
Source No: 3
Source Type: Drawing
Title: Beaker from Baginton
Date: 1932
Page Number: 171-172
Volume/Sheet: 12
Source No: 4
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: OS Card 14NE9
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 14NE9
Source No: 2
Source Type: Serial
Title: PCNHSS vol 1 no 3
Author/originator: Edwards J H
Page Number: 46-7
Volume/Sheet: 1:3
Source No: 5
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: SMR Card
Author/originator: Thompson D J
Date: 1983
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: PRN 2677
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source OS Card Ordnance Survey Record Card. Before the 1970s the Ordnance Survey (OS) were responsible for recording archaeological monuments during mapping exercises. This helped the Ordnance Survey to decide which monuments to publish on maps. During these exercises the details of the monuments were written down on record cards. Copies of some of the cards are kept at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. The responsibility for recording archaeological monuments later passed to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments. back
source SMR Card Sites and Monuments Record Card. The Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record began to be developed during the 1970s. The details of individual archaeological sites and findspots were written on record cards. These record cards were used until the 1990s, when their details were entered on to a computerised system. The record cards are still kept at the office of the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
source TBAS Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society is a journal produced by the society annually. It contains articles about archaeological field work that has taken place in Birmingham and Warwickshire in previous years. Copies of the journal are kept by the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
technique excavation Archaeologists excavate sites so that they can find information and recover archaeological materials before they are destroyed by erosion, construction or changes in land-use.

Depending on how complicated and widespread the archaeological deposits are, excavation can be done by hand or with heavy machinery. Archaeologists may excavate a site in a number of ways; either by open area excavation, by digging a test pit or a trial trench.
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period Bronze Age About 2500 BC to 700 BC

The Bronze Age comes after the Neolithic period and before the Iron Age.

The day to day life of people in the Bronze Age probably changed little from how their ancestors had lived during the Neolithic period. They still lived in farmsteads, growing crops and rearing animals.

During the Bronze Age people discovered how to use bronze, an alloy of tin and copper (hence the name that has given to this era). They used it to make their tools and other objects, although they continued to use flint and a range of organic materials as well. A range of bronze axes, palstaves and spears has been found in Warwickshire.
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monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument ART GALLERY * A building in which works of art are displayed, permanently or temporarily. back
monument FINDSPOT * The approximate location at which stray finds of artefacts were found. Index with object name. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument MUSEUM * A building, group of buildings or space within a building, where objects of value such as works of art, antiquities, scientific specimens, or other artefacts are housed and displayed. back
monument GRAVEL PIT * A steep-sided pit formed by, and for, the extraction of gravel. back
monument CROSS * A free-standing structure, in the form of a cross (+), symbolizing the structure on which Jesus Christ was crucified and sacred to the Christian faith. Use specific type where known. back
monument QUARRY * An excavation from which stone for building and other functions, is obtained by cutting, blasting, etc. back

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