Saddle Quern Stone

Birrens Roman Fort
This saddle quern stone, discovered near Birrens Roman Fort, was used in the production of food.   The grains from cereal growing were ground into flour using large saddle querns. A bun shaped upper stone was rubbed backwards and forwards over the flat stone. The resulting flour was made into a dough and baked on a flat stone on or beside a central hearth. Sometimes bread may have been cooked by placing it under an inverted pot and piling hot embers over it.
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Overall - 625mm x370mm Overall thickness - 280mm
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Birrens Roman Fort
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