When we acquire properties we find lots of things hidden away or piled up in attics and cellars. These are the places that produce the most interesting things and most frustrating!
When the initial inventory was being done at Kingston Lacy we found in a tea-chest this Bronze Age pot.
It’s amazing as its a whole pot, all be it cracked and broken in a few places, a rare find on any site. The big question is which burial mound did it come from? All we could find written on it was Kingston lacy House! There are many Bronze Age burial mounds on the Bankes estate including the Corfe Castle/Purbeck half, and it could have come from any of them! We have no other clues and we don’t have any records of who in the family might have found or acquired it, yet! The best candidate is William John Bankes (1786-1855) who was an Egyptologist and collector who remodeled Kingston Lacy house and filled it with objects from his travels.The answer maybe in the Bankes estate archive, which is vast and still being catalogued.
A clue maybe found in the way it has been treated to stop the cracks (stuck to stop it falling apart) the technique used and the types of glue will help with a date when it was done but still not when it was found. sigh! It could have been mended years after it was found.
One day we may track it down especially as we hope to get funding to work on the archive which is at the Dorset History Centre.
Even though we don’t know which Barrow it came from it’s a whole pot from thousands of years ago! and very beautiful.