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|Description ||Boiling Stones. Look at maps of places like North Wales for long enough and you soon start noticing "Burnt Mounds" marked on the map. These are the sorts of stone used for burnt mounds - where stones would be heated in a fire, then moved into water to heat it or help boil meat. The pot could not handle direct heat, so this method enabled some cooking of food, or heating of water.
Over time the stones fracture in a unique way due to thermal shock, and can be recognised by the trained eye. These photos are two sides of one fragment, one of many recovered at the Berth dig in the 1960s. Many thanks to archaeologist Ernie Jenks for letting us handle and view these finds.|
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