Windmill Hill Pot

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Neolthic Pot from Windmill Hill

The oldest pottery found in Britain - this would have been used for cooking food about 6,000 years ago!A restored Neolithic pot from the causewayed enclosure at Windmill Hill. Windmill Hill is about 1 mile north west of Avebury in Wiltshire. Archaeological excavations at the site in the 1920s revealed some of the earliest pots found in the British Isles. Pottery was first used in Britain at about the same time that farming was introduced from the continent. They represent a dramatic change to the way that food was prepared - for example people were able to heat liquids in a heat proof container over an open fire for the first time. This type of pottery was named after Windmill Hill because it was one of the first sites where it was recognised.

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