Exciting find for museum bosses

A ROMAN quern stone discovered near Chaigley has sparked excitement in archaeological circles.

The stone was taken into Ribchester Roman Museum's 'Finds Day' on Saturday by a local woman and Curator Patrick Tostevin says it was definitely "the highlight of the day."

"It is the sort of object that would suggest there might be some sort of hitherto undiscovered Roman settlement in the area," said Patrick. "It was an absolutely wonderful day and I was delighted with the response we had. A steady stream of people brought in a variety of different objects from coins to Chinese terracotta.

"The highlight of this was the Roman quern stone found near Chaigley, discovered in a ditch and which was in the possession of a woman who wanted to have it identified."

He says the stone measures 370mm in diameter and is made of local millstone grit, adding: "We know that they used to import quern stones, but this a locally made one and is a very interesting find."

The quern stone has now been loaned to the museum and Patrick says it will hopefully go on display in a couple of months time. The museum's next 'Finds Day' is on Saturday, May 8.