stone saddle quern; Neolithic; England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, findspo...


Abingdon County Hall Museum


stone saddle quern

About this object

This large saddle-shaped stone has been worn smooth over many years by rubbing with a flattened stone while grinding grain into flour. It is difficult to tell how long it was used, but possibly at least 2,500 years old. The scratches in the surface are relatively modern, probably caused by a metal plough.

Date Made


Date Made




Place Made

England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, findspot

Place Notes

Found on Andersey Island, Abingdon-on-Thames.

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

quern, saddle quern

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

food preparation and serving

Subject and Association Description

Once permanent homes and farming were established, one location could not supply all the raw materials needed. Special items were carried long distances and were probably traded many times along the route between neighbours.

Medium and Materials


Style and Iconography




Credit Line

On loan from the Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

Object Type

quern, saddle quern

Object number

AAAHS Loan.2

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