Skip to comments.Neolithic stone puts spotlight on Perthshire glenís ancient history
Posted on 09/28/2013 11:22:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
An ancient relic that shines a light on Neolithic life has been discovered on a picturesque reserve in Highland Perthshire.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust made the exciting archaeological discovery while repairing a wall in Balnaguard Glen. Volunteers were working on field walls on the hillside when they noticed one of the wall stones was shaped like a shallow basin.
It has since been identified as a possible Neolithic quern stone -- potentially more than 6,000 years old -- with its shape created by years of rubbing grain with a heavy stone to make flour.
The conservation charity believes the find is good evidence that people once lived and farmed on the hill.
It adds to the picture of prehistoric settlement illustrated by field systems, roundhouses, rock art and burial mounds in the glen. The quern itself is broken but it is hoped the other half may yet be recovered from the wall.
Perthshire ranger Emma Rawling said: "The Scottish Wildlife Trust knew the Balnaguard hillside was rich in natural and human history, with evidence of human impact spanning remote prehistory in the area."
Perth Museum and Art Gallerys history officer Mark Mall said: "We are more than happy to give it a home in the museum, after clearance with Scottish Treasure Trove.
"There its long-term future as part of the collections is assured and it can help to tell the story of Perthshire folk, through research, interpretation and display."
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nah....looks like that tooth from Nebraska Man....or is that Nebraska pig? /s
Cool stone though. I just dislike all the speculation as to what things must have been used for. Making up stories isn’t supposed to be part of science
Balnaguard Glen...what a lovely name!
It wasn’t all that long ago when the British Isles were self-sufficient in wheat, or as they say, corn.