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Abingdon ware is a Middle Neolithic (3900-3200 BC), decorated, round-bottomed pottery[1] found in an ancient causewayed enclosure[2] at Abingdon-on-Thames, whence the name, about 15 kilometres south of Oxford,[3] as well as in the upper Thames valley and central England.[1]

Abingdon ware belongs to the earliest pottery found in Great Britain and was discovered together with a handful of Peterborough, Grooved and Beaker ware as well as Bronze Age sherds.[2] It is a regional variation of the so-called Southern Decorated series.[1] The Abingdon Causewayed Enclosure has been dated to the 37th or 36th century BC.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Darvill (2008), p. 2
  2. ^ a b c Abingdon Causewayed Enclosure at Historic England. Retrieved 4 Oct 2017.
  3. ^ Abingdon ware at Retrieved 4 Oct 2017.


  • Darvill, Timothy (2008). Oxford Concise Dictionary of Archaeology, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, ISBN 978-0-19-953404-3.
  • Historic England, Abingdon Causewayed Enclosure. Detail of the type location