NLM-776B49: Early Medieval possible Whetstone

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WHETSTONE

Unique ID: NLM-776B49

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Fine grained dense grey stone, possible rubber or whetstone. Flat-sided oval ended river-washed pebble; one end chipped. The surface is possibly smoothed by wear overall. The form is probably natural and the stone derived from glacial drift. This might have been used as an improvised polisher for organic materials, including textiles, or alternatively as a whetstone. The use of adventitiously recovered stones for such functions is especially characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon period, sandwiched as it is between eras characterised by more systematic exploitation and marketing of stones apt to specialist uses. This may not rule out an earlier, prehistoric, date. Suggested date: possibly Early Medieval, 500-800.

Length: 43.8mm, Width: 25.0mm, Thickness: 7.1mm, Weight: 14.23gms.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.8 mm
Width: 25 mm
Thickness: 7.1 mm
Weight: 14.23 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 12th May 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM29303

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial data

No spatial data available.

References cited

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Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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