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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Early Christians

Stone cresset or mortarium

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

Stone cresset or mortarium.

 

This unusual object was found broken, used as packing round the post of a Northumbrian building, on the excavations at Whithorn. It is carved with a cross and decorated with pendant triangles. It might have been used for holding a lamp or candle. Another interpretation, based on the cross carving and the fact that it is made from a coarse granite stone, is that it could have been used as a mortar for making communion bread.

Materials/Media:
Stone
Source:
The Whithorn Trust
Digital Number:
WTAH053