Record Details

NHER Number:5111
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Roman quern from Mundford School


The top stone of a Roman rotary quern found in 1950 during the construction of a new classroom.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 8009 9358
Map Sheet:TL89SW

Full description

1950. Stray Find.
Found at Mundford School while excavating site for new classroom:
1 Roman top stone of rotary quern. Found 2' [61cm] down beneath blown sand. Broken in being dug out. See sketch (S1).
This discovery was reported in the local press (S2), although the dating given was wrong.
Preserved at Mundford School [1].
Sample submitted to Dr K.G. Dunham (Geological Survey Enq. 1128 of 22 May 1950) reports it to be of 'calcareous glaucanitic sandstone, composed of quartz grains up to 1.0mm diam, pellets of glauconite and rare grains of microcline in a matrix of coarse calcite. I have little doubt that the source is the Lower Greensand formation of Kent (Kentish Rag) and would mention that we have had previous examples of the importation of this rock into East Anglia in early Roman times'.
Information from (S3).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 25 November 2015.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • QUERN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 89 SW 4.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: [Unknown]. 1950. Sketch of a Roman rotary quern top stone from Mundford. Paper. 1:4.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1950. Half an Iron-Age quern dug up at Mundford. 8 April.
<S3>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Mundford.

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