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Urns are the commonly found burial type in India in all the geological zones. The urn is the earthen pot used for the deposition of selected mortal remains or symbolic interments buried below the grounds. Urns are normally sealed by a lid and protected by capstone and cairn packing.  Urns are mostly found associated with pit burial, but it is also reported from other monuments like cists and rock-cut burials. The Urns are mostly made in red or Black and red ware. They are of very coarser fabric and ill fired and commonly occur with pyriform base and appliqué design, known as rope designs on the shoulder. Peter (2002) has classified three types of Urn burial noticed in Kerala they are: Four or three-legged jars, Pointed Urn or pyriform jars and Globular pots with wide mouths. The Urn burials were mostly concentrated in the low land areas.

The displayed Urn fragments are from:

  • Urn burialfrom Nannangadikkunnu, Palakkad
  • Urn burial from Arikkadi, Kasaragod
  • Urn burial from Valappad, Thrissur
  • Urn burial from Kannampullipuram, Thrissur

Urn fragment at Pachampalla, Kasaragod