BH-65EDB1: Late Iron Age or Roman rotary quern fragments

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Unique ID: BH-65EDB1

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Four fragments of quernstone made from a light pinkish rough-grained stone - possibly millstone grit. It is uncertain whether or not the four pieces were all originally part of the same stone, but the thickness of the three intact, larger fragments is similar enough to suggest that they may have been. The largest piece measures 113.1mm long by 106.4mm wide and 52.1mm thick; its underside retains traces of what appears to be rows of carved circular depressions, which may have increased the effectiveness of the tool; the inner edge is slightly concave and appears to represent part of a central void. The second largest piece has a curved outer edge. It is likely that the pieces originated from a circular rotary quern, which, according to the chronology proposed by E.C.Curwen (1937; pp. 137-151), would date it to the late Iron Age or Roman period. The overall weight of the assemblage is 1481.5g.

Class: Rotary

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: with finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 4
Weight: 1481.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 10th August 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Julian Watters

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Bedford 2453 - 4,5,8,9

Materials and construction

Primary material: Igneous rock
Manufacture method: Ground/polished
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Bedford (Unitary Authority)
District: Bedford (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Sharnbrook

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
Current location: with finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

  • Curwen, E.C., 1937 Querns Antiquity Publications Ltd ,

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Recording Institution: BH
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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