Saddle quern and rubbing stone from Orkney

< 1 of 1 > Back
Postcard of Saddle quern and rubbing stone from Orkney.
© National Museums Scotland

Saddle quern and rubbing stone from Orkney

A saddle quern was used for grinding grains and seeds. This saddle quern was found in Orkney. It could date any time between 4000 and 0 BC.

The lower quernstone has been worn to a small hollow from the action of rubbing with a rubbing stone.

The earliest type of quern, the saddle quern, was used from around 3800 BC. They were simple to use: the grains or seeds were placed on the lower stone, and a rubbing stone was pushed backwards and forwards over it.

Record details

To search on related items, click any linked text below.

Online ID: 000-000-136-601-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0035: Early Scottish Shelter - Life in the Prehistoric Home (multimedia essay)
Project description | View all records in project
Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.BA 49
Date: Between 4000 and 0 BC
Material: Sandstone
Dimensions: 19.50" x 10.50"
What: Saddle quern
Where: Scotland, Orkney
Description: Saddle quern of sandstone, from Orkney
Related Records:
< 1 of 1 > Back
Powered by Scran