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Quern stone for grinding grain

Date made: 800BC-43AD

Maker / artist: unknown

Date collected: 2010-2013

Collector: Canterbury Archaeological Trust

Material: stone|Greensand

Period: Iron Age

Accession number: CAT collection

Hundreds of complete and broken rotary quern stones like this have been excavated at Folkestone’s East Cliff. Rotary querns were used in the Iron Age for grinding grain to make flour for bread. They were made from the local Greensand stone. There is strong evidence that quern stones were being made and traded from here.

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