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Antler artefacts and quern stones from the High Pastures site
Posted by steven on 25/08/2005 at 10:45 PM
Take a look at the Latest Finds page to see what we have found in the trenches during the past few days.
The excavation of Trenches 2 and 5 have produced four fragments of rotary quern over the last three days. The images below show the three fragments found together in Trench 2.
The image above shows a complete half of an upper stone complete with the funnel-shaped hopper hole, where grain would have been inserted for grinding. The image below shows the same quern from above to show the overall shape of the item (Scale=0.25m).
The image below shows a second quern fragment from a top stone that has broken through the handle hole, that would have been used to rotate the quern.
The third quern fragment from Trench 2 is also a top stone that has broken through the central funnel-shaped hopper hole (Scale=0.25m).
Excavations in Trench 6, Bone Passage continues to produce a wide range of artefacts including pottery, iron slag, stone tools, antler and bone tools. For this entry I have included digital images of some of the latest antler finds from the trench, for which we now have a substantial assemblage.
The red deer antler bases shown above are from shed antler, most likely collected from the landscape surrounding the site. On both pieces cut marks show where the hard, outer layer of the antler has been cut through to reach the soft, spongy interior. The antler beam has then been broken off.
The piece below shows the upper part of antler beam where it splits to form three individual tines, or points. All of the tines have been cut through to detach them, possibly to manufacture tools. The image below shows two detached antler tine fragments found in the cave, both of which show clear cut marks.
The item on the left has been worked further after detachment from the main antler section. One end of the piece has been cut through quite neatly and the end bevelled slightly. The tine has then been bored through the centre to leave some type of socket, or holder (see image below - Scale=5cm)
The image below shows the part of the antler beam where it splits to form two individual tines. One of the tines has been carefully removed and the end shaped and polished. The opposite end of the piece has also been shaped and smoothed. A small hole approximately 12mm in diameter has then been bored through the spongy core of the antler to form some type of handle, or other type of device.
The image below shows the bored hole in the artefact.
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