Grinding Stone from Nabta Playa

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 29 September 2016

Seeds and wild grasses were processed with round or oval grinders (manos) of hard quartzitic sandstone. These were rubbed against a larger mill stone to make flour. A depression in the lower stone's surface prevented spillage. The abundance of grinding stones shows that plant food made up a significant part of the diet at this time. From Nabta Playa E75-6, Western Desert, Egypt. Middle Neolithic. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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