SWYOR-39F266: Whetstone

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Unique ID: SWYOR-39F266

Object type certainty: Certain
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A large piece of sandstone which has been utilised as a whetstone at an unknown date, but likely to be medieval or Post Medieval. The stone is a natural pieces of sandstone which is in danger of fracturing into two pieces, so is supported by cable ties. It is rectangular in plan and sub-square in section. One end of one face (the top view in the image) has been used for grinding or sharpening which has smoothed the stone and caused a distinct groove. The rest of the stone has not been used in this way. The shape of the stone suggests it was used as a whetstone, but it is also possible that the smoothing could have been caused by use as a quern or as a mortar.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: UNKNOWN
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 215 mm
Width: 54.7 mm
Thickness: 37.2 mm
Weight: 720 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st August 2005 - Wednesday 31st August 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1598

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Calderdale (Metropolitan District)
District: Calderdale (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Heptonstall (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SD9232
Four figure Latitude: 53.78426
Four figure longitude: -2.1229
1:25K map: SD9232
1:10K map: SD93SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Standing water

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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