I believe Richard Bradley mentions instances of the deliberate deposition of querns during the prehistoric in 'Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe', but I don't know of any post-medieval instances. (Fantastic and extremely useful book by the way!!)
EUAN MACKIE <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
A few years ago a complete historic rotary quern
(17th or 18th century at a guess) turned up in Appin
(northern Argyllshire); it had been deliberately
deposited in a bog ('Two Querns from Appin', Scott
Arch Journ 24.1, 2002). The wooden handle, rind
and spindle had presumably rotted away or never been
buried. I assumed the stones had been buried for
safety because of the old Scottish law that prohibited
the use of the hand mill if a water mill was available
(one was built close by at Kinlochlaich perhaps at
about the same time), but who knows? Perhaps there
was some other, non practical motive. Euan MacKie.
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