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Grinding bowl

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Grinding bowl
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This ceramic grinding bowl, also known as a mortarium, was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was probably made locally between 80 and 180 AD.

The grinding bowl has a stamp reading 'MF' which indicates the manufacturer.

Many mass-produced articles in the Roman world were stamped or inscribed by the manufacturers to indicate the makers, contents, dates or ownership, suggesting basic literacy amongst a wide section of the Roman population.

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