Neolithic quern for making flour

For the classroom

The quern and rubbing stone


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A model of a man using a saddle quern and another man tending an oven. From Asyut, Egypt, 12th Dynasty, around 1900 BC.

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Quern in use

Source: gtj.org.uk

A similar saddle quern in the National Museums and Galleries of Wales showing the quern being used.

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Neolithic axe


A Neolithic jadeite axe from Canterbury.

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Stone axe hoard

Source: bbc.co.uk

A hoard of stone axes from Malone Road in Belfast; in the Ulster Museum. Nineteen axes were found all together, all of them much too large to have been used for practical purposes.

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/WzUdbQJzQ5O-k8_qMyK4Ng


Source: arcgis.com

An interactive map showing sites in Europe and the Middle East with evidence of farming. The earliest are red spots and the latest are cream spots. When you click on a spot it tells you where the site is and the radiocarbon date of the find in years BP (Before Present, where Present is 1950).

Visit the site http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=dc593b7af6634742a6b3cea7ce59d11b

Farming timeline


A timeline of the development of farming across the world from the Comparative Pathways to Agriculture Project, University College London.

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© C.J.Stevens D.Q.Fuller

History of wheat

Source: allaboutwheat.info

A website with a simple history of wheat from 10,000 BC to the present day.

Visit the site http://www.allaboutwheat.info/history.html

Outside the classroom

Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.


Source: english-heritage.org.uk

Reconstructed Neolithic houses at Stonehenge.

Visit the site http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/discover/neolithic-houses/

The Ulster Museum, Belfast

Source: nmni.com

Visit the site http://www.nmni.com/um

The Ancient Technology Centre, Dorset

Source: ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/dayvisits.html

The Scottish Crannog Centre, Perthshire

Source: crannog.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.crannog.co.uk/docs/crannog_centre/scc_crafts.html

The Wayside Museum and Trewey Mill, Cornwall

Source: museumsincornwall.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.museumsincornwall.org.uk/Wayside-Museum-and-Trewey-Mill,-Zennor/Cornwall-Museums/

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/school_visits.aspx

Neolithic quern for making flour