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“The Oldest Bread in the World: the earliest-known evidence of bread-making”

Recent findings at a 14,000-year-old archaeological site in Amman, Jordan have rewritten the history of bread-making by 5,000 years! Rebecca Sherratt, Production editor, reports on the recent findings of the ‘earliest-known evidence of bread-making’ found in the Black Desert, Amman, Jordan, in this month’s issue of Milling and Grain.  You can read the full article here. …

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Michael’s Middle Eastern Adventures

In 2016 when Michael Harverson passed away, his collection of mill material was left to us. We knew his collection would be a valuable asset to the Archive. Of particular interest to Michael, and indeed to us, was his prolific study of Middle Eastern and Persian mills, more intimately those in Iran and Afghanistan. Michael…

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Gems of the Archive: Of Camels and Dragons

After being inspired by Dutch millwrighting last week, I was intrigued to explore how other cultures have developed and used similar methods. My research led me to discover a fascinating new world of milling technology. I have grown accustomed to reading about mills driven by oxen or donkeys, but the last thing I expected to…

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Gems of the Archive: The Universal Theatre of Machines

Hello, it’s me again. Unbelievably I am now halfway through my internship at the Mills Archive (insert obligatory Bon Jovi reference here), and the gem page is really starting to fill up. This week Mildred had a treat in store for me in the form of The Universal Theatre of Machines, an original 17th-century millwright’s…

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Cement mills anyone?

The winning entry in the second biennial Mills Archive Research Competition is now available. The 54 page A4 book,written by Edwin Trout, covers the use of  Traditional Milling Technology in the English Cement Industry, 1796-1899. The early technology of cement milling is a neglected aspect of the history of the cement industry, accounts of which…

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