This more than 6-millennia old ladle, displayed at the National Museum of Archaeology, is made of clay and dipped in red slip. The red hue of this kind of pottery is what lends its name to the period ‘Red Skorba’. It was discovered in several fragments. The sharp points which had broken off from the handle were especially puzzling to archaeologists.
It was only with the discovery of a complete ladle that archaeologists could confidently put together the pieces and reconstruct them into a ladle. One may imagine that it served to dip out soup or a stew. Scientific analysis for lipid residues absorbed by the pottery might offer clearer evidence of what these Neolithic people cooked.