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Grinding stone

The soldiers' grains were rationed and distributed centrally as a food staple. The grain was ground fresh in the hand-held mills and usually used for porridge or flatbread.

The grinding stones consisted of the bottom stone ("meta molendaria") and the "catillus" on top, which was moved with a wooden hand-crank. The mills had a diameter of up to 40cm and were made of hard stone such as granite or basalt. The grinding stone in Museum Bürgstadt is made of basalt magma.

Broken mill stone
1 Broken mill stone © Museum Bürgstadt

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