Millstone quarries are the sites where hard and abrasive stones were extracted to be fashioned into the querns or millstones to grind flour for bread, the staple food of our ancestors. These stones equipped the different grinding mechanisms, from the Prehistoric hand-driven saddle quern to the sophisticated industrial mills driven by wind and water. These little kwn extraction sites, ubiquitous throughout the European landscape, have been largely neglected. This study, focusing on the southern half of the Iberian Peninsula, attempts to draw attention to these often spectacular sites that merge so well with nature
Timothy J. Anderson, PhD, is an archaeologist with experience of digging in Switzerland, France, Spain and Egypt. He focus on the question of quern and millstone production and distribution dates back in 1995 when he discovered, excavated and studied a Roman quern quarry complex in Fribourg, Switzerland.