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The Medieval Period (1100AD - 1499AD)

Castles

Knocking Stane and Beetle

Period:
Late Medieval
Description:
The knocking stane and beetle consists of a stone vessel - the knocking stane, and a wooden masher - the beetle. They were used for grinding barley or oatmeal into a fine flour which was used to make bannocks (large rough scones). Bannocks were more commonly eaten in Scotland than bread.
Materials/Media:
stone, wood
Dimensions:
Beetle: L 255mm, D 120mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
01/10/1976
Digital Number:
EAST001n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council