A stone bowl

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A stone bowl

This large and heavy stone bowl was found in a late 2nd century well in Queen Street. It is cut from a block of fine-grained red sandstone whose source is thought to be around Bishops Lydiard in south Somerset. It was presumably used for mashing food.

About ten stone bowls or mortars for household use have been found in the city. Several were made from Purbeck marble and must have been brought by coastal trade from south Dorset; at least one is made of Cornish elvan.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum Exeter Archaeology