NMS-7C5F48: Roman to Post Medieval Whetstone

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Unique ID: NMS-7C5F48

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A fragment of a probable Early Medieval to Medieval pendant whetstone. The stone is rectangular in both plan and cross-section. At one end it is perforated by a circular hole to secure it via a thong or suspension ring to a strap or belt. The thickness is greater at the perforated end where it tapers in a shallow curve to the broken terminal end. The greater thickness at one end probably derives from the fact that it was held by this end when in use. The material is dark grey in colour and is probably a form of Blue Phyllite, the surface of which is smooth and fine, but the sides in particular are marked with scored lines as the scars of use. It is known that Vikings wore pendant whetstones from the belt. Shopland N. Archaeological finds (2005) p169; states that schist stones were brought over by the Vikings in the 10th century and Norwegian sourced material was the preferred choice through to the mid 14th century. A similar example on the PAS database can be found at cf NLM-D3E3E4. Suggested date circa 950-1450 AD. Length: 56mm, width: 21mm thickness: 11mm, weight: 22.11g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 950
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56 mm
Width: 21 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Weight: 22.11 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 13th February 2013 - Wednesday 13th February 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Garry CRACE
Identified by: Mr Garry CRACE

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 58384
Other reference: GC

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
Parish or ward: Hoe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF9915
Four figure Latitude: 52.696097
Four figure longitude: 0.943449
1:25K map: TF9915
1:10K map: TF91NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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