The volcanic rock grinding stones from Selinunte, Sicily (Italy): Archaeological evidence and geochemical provenance analyses
Gluhak, Tatjana M.
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This study is based on the assemblage of grinding stones from the Greek colony of Selinunte in Sicily. Most were brought to light in well stratified contexts dating to the 6th century BC making them ideal subjects for research on the development of early milling techniques. In addition to saddle
querns, Selinunte has Olynthus mills and mills driven by rotary motion were discovered in previous excavations that are also representative of advances in milling technology. The Selinunte assemblage can be compared to contemporary mills from elsewhere throughout the Mediterranean Basin. Based on these comparisons, we suggest a saddle type of mill model comprising of a boat-shaped upper stone and a roughly rectangular-shaped lower stone as a precursor of the Olynthus mill. The sources of the rock point to mainland Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and perhaps from the Aegean Islands bolstering the supposed importance of this coastal settlement as a centre of trade in the central Mediterranean.
NoteAnderson, T.J., Alonso, N. (eds), Tilting at Mills: The Archaeology and Geology of Mills and Milling. Revista d’Arqueologia de Ponent. Número Extra 4, 2019. ISBN: 9788491440291
Is part ofRevista d'arqueologia de Ponent, 2019, extra 4, p. 213-222
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