This piece of Trevisker ware pottery, made about 3500 years ago was excavated on the cliff edge at Doghouse Hill in West Dorset. It may look like just a lump of soil or just a broken pot, but it can actually tell us so much more about life in the Bronze age, than what pots they used.
The pot has at least six parallel lines of decoration probably made by a twisted cord pressed into the clay, in itself not that unusual, what makes it really special is where it is from. This pottery was made at a site in Cornwall near Bodmin, and has travelled all the way to West Dorset during the Bronze age. This makes it a rare find, as the nearest sherd of Travisker ware to here was found in Chard 15km to the north, and so far as we know no more have been found further eastwards.
So how did it get there? Could it be due to trading of goods, maybe it was a container for something, swapped for some worked Dorset flint or part of the belongings of a traveling salesman! It could have been brought from Bodmin by someone who lived at Doghouse Hill, or by the person he or she met and brought home to live with them, a souvenir of their home or a kind of dowry? We will never know for sure and the possibilities are endless, but objects like this piece of pottery help to show that people and objects moved large distances in the Bronze age, about 3500 years ago.