Life on the Plain Interpretation Centre

The millstone

The millstone is one of the main elements on display in the section on olive oil production.

The millstone is one of the main elements on display in the section on olive oil production.

The millstone is a large vertical circular stone which, when pulled by horses or mules, rotates on top of another fixed, circular stone, which serves as the base.

The vertical stone crushes and mills the olives that are fed into the wooden deposit in the centre of the mill, thereby converting them into a paste.

This paste is then pressed, placed in layers between large plates made of esparto grass, which then goes into the press, a large wooden beam which transforms the force exerted onto the top of the plates and the olive paste, to extract the oil.

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