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News has been released of some remarkable pots excavated in 2005 near Kilmartin, Argyll & Bute. They date from over 4,000 years ago, and suggest Scottish contact with Holland, Ireland and Yorkshire in the copper and early bronze ages. The pots, which had been buried in graves, are the latest finds in a large complex of burials and ritual structures excavated at Upper Largie in advance of gravel quarrying over the past 25 years.
The larger of two graves contained three Beakers, a type of ceramic found across much of north, west and central Europe. It is very rare to find more than one pot at once, but the style of these adds to their interest: they are of early, international type (known technically as epi-maritime, cordzoned-maritime and all-over-cord respectively), whose closest parallels are from the Netherlands; charcoal radiocarbon dated to 2570–2280BC confirms this early dating.