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Cinerary Urn

<p>Unh&ograve;la Cinerary Urn, Iron Age, 800- 600 BC.</p>

Unhòla Cinerary Urn, Iron Age, 800- 600 BC.

An urn used to hold the ashes of a dead person. The style and ceramic techniques used to make this pottery signal the arrival of a new culture in Aran, and, most significantly, the adoption of cremation, rather than burial, as the preferred funerary rite, which started in the ninth century BC. The corpse was placed on a pyre to be cremated and the ashes were collected in the urn, which was then buried.

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