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Charred Grain Assemblages from Roman-Period Corn Driers in Britain.

By Marijke Van der Veen

Abstract

This paper presents a review of the botanical evidence for the function of so-called 'corn-driers' from Roman-period Britain. The charred grain assemblages associated with corn-driers from twenty-one sites have been analysed. The results indicate that these kilns should be regarded as multi-functional structures; both the roasting of germinated grains for the production of malt and the parching/drying/ of grain in preparation for consumption and storage are functions implied by the botanical evidence. The need for further experimental research is identified

Publisher: Royal Archaeological Institute
Year: 1989
DOI identifier: 10.1080/00665983.1989.11021292
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/9565
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