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Quern stone

Quern stone

Quern stone

This might look like a half-eaten bagel or doughnut, but although it’s not edible, it is connected to food. It’s a quern stone, used for grinding corn into flour. Quern stones come in pairs and this is the top half, turned with a handle to grind corn resting on the bottom half. Our quern stone was found on the site of a Roman camp in Charlton, which would have been full of hungry soldiers 2000 years ago.

During the pandemic, there have been flour shortages as people started baking bread at home. What did you bake during lockdown?

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How did we cook and eat through time?

Cooking has changed over time. Learn to cook biscuits like a Tudor with this activity.

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