NMGW-799DA3: Early Medieval utilised and decorated stone, possibly a slick-stone or linen-smoother

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Unique ID: NMGW-799DA3

Object type certainty: Possibly
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Utilised and decorated stone, possibly a slick-stone or linen-smoother of 9th or 10th century date The stone is domed with a flat base and has a maximum diameter of 97.93mm and a height of 51.35mm. The stone is a quartz conglomerate. The top of the stone has been decorated with an oval ring with dimensions: 43.5mm x 37.8mm (internal diameter: 12.3 – 13.9mm). Analysis using a scanning electron microscope indicated that the inlay is composed of calcium carbonate and red ochre. The decoration has been inlaid into a recessed channel in the stone, formed by polishing. The base of the stone displays evidence of rubbing or polishing, consistent with its use as a slick-stone. The stone weighs 603.6g.


Glass linen smoothers of this form have been recorded from Roman (Wild, 1970) and Early Medieval contexts (Walton Rogers, 1997, pp 175-179). At Coppergate, York a stone, assumed to be a slick-stone was recovered from a mid 9th to early 10th century context (ibid. no. 6579), Walton Rogers points out the problematic nature of positively identifying these stones. The author is unaware of a parallel with similar decoration to this example.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 51.35 mm
Weight: 603.6 g
Diameter: 97.93 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 1996

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ruth Battye
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMGWPA 2005.162.1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Anglesey (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Anglesey (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Valley (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SH2879
Four figure Latitude: 53.279997
Four figure longitude: -4.581294
1:25K map: SH2879
1:10K map: SH27NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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