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Decorated quern, Stranraer

Period:
Roman Period
Description:

The broken top stone from a quern for grinding cereal. Most querns are crudely made.  This example, however, has been beautifully finished and is decorated with two - there may originally have been three - raised straps radiating from the centre.  At the end of each strap is a hollow to take a peg handle. Similar decorated querns have been found at Iron Age and Early Medieval sites.

 

The exact provenance of this object is not known, however it found a second life as a garden ornamant at Broadstone, Stranraer.

Materials/Media:
granite
Dimensions:
Diam:420mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2007.33
Digital Number:
SRST006a, SRST006b
Creation Date:
400BC - 800AD
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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