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Roman mortar, c 1st century AD.

Roman mortar, c 1st century AD.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


This earthenware mortar with a rim and pouring spout was found in Cheapside, London. Mortars were hard, strong bowls, which apothocaries used to crush medicine into a powder by hitting or rubbing them with a pestle.

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