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St Patrick's Isle Pagan Lady Burial Pestle and Mortar

Date made: Viking: 800-1265

Description: Piece of pestle-shaped flint and a cup or mortar-shaped piece of mudstone.

These may have been used to prepare cosmetics, but perhaps more likely is a symbolic function because the "mortar" has a hole. It would have been of little practical use, so may have been a token or representation of a pestle and mortar.

Both found on top of the right hand side of the skeleton at the tip of the shears (1984-0016/24).

Measurements: 45mm; 33mm

Materials: flint, stone

Date found: 1984

Object name: pestle; mortar

Collection: Archaeology Collection

ID number: 1984-0016/25


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