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Viking_artefacts - Steatite bowl Found in Westness Rousay Orkney

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Steatite bowl Found in Westness, Rousay, Orkney Used for cooking or holding food. Made from talc like soft stone it is easily carved and often used for making cooking vessels. The stone was from Norway and in Shetland. Sometimes these bowls had iron handles and they were suspended over a fire.   Traces of food have been found inside and the outside is often burnt from the fire. It was made from being carved from a block of stone cut at the quarry then sent to the  settlement for use. It might be found in a house by the fire, with iron cooking tools such as a spit or a flat stone  baking plate. It could also be found in a grave where it has been left as a grave offering. These items were valuable and sent to places where there was no soft stone, such as the  Viking towns in England and Ireland, York and Dublin. When a bowlbroke, the soft stone could be reused to make smaller items, such as spindle 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course HIST 202 taught by Professor Nokes during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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Viking_artefacts - Steatite bowl Found in Westness Rousay Orkney

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