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From Jarlshof, Shetland

Postcard of Plate.
© National Museums Scotland


This fragment of a steatite baking plate was found at Jarlshof in Shetland. It was used sometime between 1100 and 1300.

The fragment is from a roughly circular or oval baking plate. Its surfaces were scored by a sharp tool to ensure efficient heat distribution.

Baking plates were used by Norse communities as a way of baking long-lasting 'crispbread'/oatcake type items. Plates such as this one were placed over the embers of a fire and the dough to be baked would be placed on them.

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Online ID: 000-100-042-640-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HSA 728
Date: Between 1100 and 1300
Material: Steatite; scored
Dimensions: 3.30" x 7.50"; 16.00" est D
What: Plate, baking / fragment
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Sumburgh, Jarlshof
Description: Fragment of a baking plate of scored steatite, from Jarlshof
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