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Large Stone Mortar

Large stone mortar

Volunteer Tom had undertaken research on one of the lesser-known objects in our Medieval gallery...

What is a large stone mortar? 
A large stone mortar is a big bowl that was used for washing up clothes normally down by lake or nearest water source but it was also used for cooking and crops down by the fields. It was very heavy to carry so imagine carrying that down to the lake to wash the same old clothes and then back. They used it a lot way before tractors and farm machinery came in.
What is it made of?
A large stone mortar is made of granite which is type of stone. Granite is coarse-grained intrusive igneous rock composed mostly of quartz, alkali feldspar, and plagioclase. Which is normally white and quite rough and firm.
What length and width is it?
The length which means height is 360 mm and width is 360 mm.
How far dose this date back to?
This dates back to 1200 to 1300 so around the Normans time.
Fun fact?
Did you know some kitchens still use large stone mortars for cooking and use outdoors for schools to learn about life back in those days.
Where was this found?
This was found in Potterne in Wiltshire which is very near to Devizes and near to Salisbury. Two miles south of Devizes. Potterne is village.


Article by Tom McBurney