The Iron Age Querns found in 2012

The Iron Age querns found during the excavation at St Joseph's School are on display..

The stones are so heavy that two people can only just lift them together, so the strength and skill involved in creating this flour-milling tool can only be imagined.

The archaeologist thinks that one stone was broken during manufacture, at the time of the Iron Age, and was discarded on the site. However, another is an undamaged example of a Quern stone. Two such rounded stones were worked together using a pole in the middle that was pushed backwards and forwards to create the grinding action.

Athelstan Museum is grateful to St Joseph's School and the Avon Archaeological Unit for this recent gift.