Possible mill stone found in dump?

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gdog68

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Found this today and am curious if this is a mill stone. Not sure what to do with it and if it's worth anything.
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It certainly looks like a mill stone. cool find! I don't know if it's worth anything though
 

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Yep that looks like a millstone to me too. I don't think I've ever seen one that small before. Never seen one for sale either though so no clue what sort of value these have.
 

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I cringe when I imagine what goodies that bad boy crushed when it was heaved on the dump :(
 

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Do they make grind stones that look like that?
 

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A grindstone for sharpening tools was also my first thought. The traces of radial grooves visible in the side surface of the stone confuse the issue though, and make me think, somewhat, that it might have been half of a small quern mill for home/farm milling small batches of grain as per CanadianBottles' speculation.

If I had to place a bet, I'd go with the item being the remnant of someone's experiment to see if they could repurpose a worn-down grindstone and put it to use as a quern mill. Those usually have a round central hole and an offset handle,

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but are sometimes rotated without the aid of a handle by just grasping the edge of the stone with both hands and turning it like a steering wheel.

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Grooves help facilitate capture of the kernels and transport them and the resultant flour across the grinding surfaces.

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