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These mysterious objects were made by a Neolithic community in Europe about the same time as the Chinese cong on the other page. These so-called 'drums' were found in a child's grave on Folkton Wold. The custom of burying individuals with 'special' grave goods began about 3000 вс. This grave offering is exceptional (the drums are unique) and must indicate something about the status of the child.

The drums are made from local chalk and are elaborately carved, using a technique very like that of chip-carving used by woodworkers. No other objects like them survive, but perhaps equivalent items were made of wood and have not lasted. We do not know how they were used.

The decoration is organized in panels, and stylized human faces look out from two of the drums. The significance of the designs is unknown, though they are very similar to those found on pottery of the Later Neolithic Grooved Ware style.

Folkton drums


Found in East Yorkshire, Late Neolithic period, 2600-2000 вс
Ht 8.7cm (min.)
Gift of Canon W. Greenwell



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