Piece of a grinding bowl

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From Cardean, Perthshire

Postcard of Piece of a grinding bowl.
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Piece of a grinding bowl

This ceramic flange from a grinding bowl, of a type known as a mortarium, was found at the site of the Roman fort at Cardean in Perthshire. It was used in the preparation of food between 82 and 87 AD.

The grinding bowl has been stamped with the manufacturer's name, 'Albinvs'.

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

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Online ID: 000-100-037-604-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRD 42
Date: Between 82 and 87 AD
Material: Ceramic, buff; stamped
Dimensions: 4.00" L
What: Pottery / mortarium / portion
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Cardean
Description: Part of the flange of a mortarium of buff ware, stamped to indicate manufacturer, from Cardean
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