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Shakespeare Connected - Shakespeare’s New Place: Artefacts and Inhabitants

Quern Stone Fragment and Pottery. (Iron Age 700BC to AD43) (Context 4003, Season 3).

Two fragments of rotary quernstone were recovered. These dated to the Iron Age and would have formed part of circular quern, part of a process where an upper stone moved against a lower stone to grind the grain to make flour. They were associated with large pits used for the storage of grain or other crops, of which comparative examples have been found to be located on the periphery of settlements. The fragment of pottery is an example of a large storage or cooking jar.


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