Flossie has found something else of interest to her while flitting about the 1790 Van Der Veer House. In the picture below, you can see two stones that were found near Bath, at St. Clair’s Creek. They would have been used together as a mortar and pestle by American Indians who lived in this area. The mortar is a bowl and is usually made of hard wood, stone or ceramic. The pestle is a heavy, often club-shaped object, the end of which is used for crushing and grinding. Whatever you are trying to crush is placed in between the two objects. In the case of this artifact, the pestle is not a club, but a smaller stone and rather than pounding, the two stones would be rubbed against one another. Items like corn or other grains would be crushed to make food, or herbs could also be crushed to make a paste for medicinal uses. You can see how the larger stone has been worn down by use.
Don’t we have it easy today? Farmers grow our grain and companies make the flour or cornmeal for us so that all we have to do today is cook………….and we usually don’t do that over a wood fire’s open flame!