WMID-69F813: Roman to Post Medieval: Incomplete pierced whetstone

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Unique ID: WMID-69F813

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An incomplete whetstone or hone, of uncertain dating, but probably Roman to Post Medieval (AD 43 to AD 1800).

The whetstone is sub rectangular in plan, and triangular in section. It has been made from a fine grained sedimentary sandstone or siltstone. An old diagonal break along the length is present on the reverse, giving the whetstone fragment the triangular shape. A figure of eight shaped perforation is present at the top, indicating that it had been created by the use of a drill on either side. The top of the whetstone has been bevelled on either side, to create a blunt top. The whetstone had been subjected to a heavy degree of use as the surviving original surface on the front and back has been polished and worn to a smooth concave surface.

It measures 47.52 mm in length, 14.93 mm wide and 8.58 mm thick. It weighs 7.2 g.

The whetstone or hone is a light grey colour, with a smooth polished surface.

Whetstones or hones, due to being a functional artefact, change little over time, and can be of any date from the Roman to the Post Medieval periods (AD 43 to AD 1800).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 47.52 mm
Width: 14.93 mm
Thickness: 8.58 mm
Weight: 7.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st April 2013 - Tuesday 30th April 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: North Warwickshire (District)
To be known as: North Warwickshire

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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