Date Made/Found: 3500-2000 BC
Material and Medium: Stone
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1995.262.188
This Neolithic quernstone was found at Mount Pleasant Farm, near Middleton-by-Youlgreave, Derbyshire by David Nutt. His meticulously recorded fieldwalking discoveries led to excavations in the 1980s which found prehistoric pottery and flint tools at the site.
From around 4000 BC, the beginning of the Neolithic period, life in Britain began to change. Some people moved to Britain from mainland Europe. They brought the knowledge and materials needed to start a new farming life. Most native Britons seem to have embraced this new lifestyle and farming spread gradually across our islands. Controlling food sources made them more reliable.
Archaeologists can learn about Neolithic farming through the tools that people used. Quernstones were used to grind grain into flour and sickles were used to harvest crops.
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