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Lindsay Banfield – University of Reading

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Lindsay Banfield

Making flour the German way: imported lava querns and mill stones in Roman Britain.

Processing grain is an activity fundamental to agrarian societies, and often imbued not just with economic but also social and ritual significance. Imported lava was one of the most popular choices for querns and millstones in Roman Britain, but neither their precise provenance nor their use in Britain have ever been systematically studied. My research, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will consider this neglected body of material to enhance our understanding of Romano-British food production, of the rural economy and of the social, cultural and religious identities of the people who used them. The key research question of this project is: What can lava querns tell us about Romano-British food production, trade and socio-ritual identities?


About Me:

 I hold a BA in Archaeology (First Class with Honours) from University College London, where I also received the Bryan Clauson Prize for Roman Archaeology. Following this, I completed an MA (with Distinction) at the University of Reading. My thesis investigated the provenance, use, distribution and discard of stone hones recovered from Roman London. This evidence was then used to explore the identities of the people that used them. Prior to commencing my undergraduate degree, I spent over ten years working in licensed retail management within a senior role. My interests include teaching and fieldwork, and I have regularly been involved in supervising and managing field schools, delivering seminars, and participating in outreach work with the wider community. I am currently completing my AFHEA application to receive accreditation for my experience in these roles.

Research Interests:

  • The Archaeology of the Roman provinces
  • Material culture and identity
  • Roman period objects
  • Field methods and practice

Research Groups:

Objects, Materials and People

Diet, Health and the Life Course





Professor Hella Eckardt  (University of Reading)

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