It was used chiefly for cinerary purposes, the Germanic peoples having a decided preference for vessels of horn, wood, or metal.
"Bring me a cinerary urn," said he, and he walked forward to the dying embers.
cinerary urns of the same class have been frequently found accompanied with relics corresponding to the era of Roman occupation.
It is solid; the cinerary urn was probably placed underneath.
It was probably intended to bury the cinerary urn either in the floor of the niche or in the ground at the rear.
One of these was discovered, alongside of a cinerary urn, in a tumulus at Memsie, Aberdeenshire.
The room contained nine niches, and each niche a cinerary urn, of which six were still untouched.
The cairn and tumulus, the cist and cinerary urn, all occur accompanied with contemporary relics.
In striking contrast to these minute sepulchral relics, many of the Scottish cinerary urns are of an unusually large size.
More than two hundred Gallic sepulchres and cinerary urns have been brought to light.