LIN-3D5C6E: Early Medieval whetstone

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Unique ID: LIN-3D5C6E

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete Early Medieval whetstone, dating to the period c. AD 410-1066. The whetstone is rectangular in cross section, and broadly rectangular in plan. It tapers to a rounded terminal at its apex, and a circular perforation measuring 5mm is present towards this end. This aperture contains a brown-red substance which possibly forms the remains of a means of attachment. The butt end has rounded corners and evidence of wear is present in the form of areas of abrasion which have a brown patination. This wear does not however seem consistant with its intended use. Further areas of damage at the corners of the butt end and along one edge reveal a green-grey stone. One face exhibits two diagonal scars and a series of shorter longitudinal scars close to one edge. The revealed stone is a lighter brown in colour than the wear patination and its is likely that these scars and the damage at the corners are as result of recent damage, while the darker brown pitting is contemporary with the object. Geologist Graham Lott notes that the whetstone is unused (pers comm January 2016), and therefore a ceremonial rather than practical use can be inferred. He also states that the stone is a non-calcareous siltstone with pale lenses of very fine sand, quartz grains and pinkish feldspurs and is from a European source outside of the UK.

The whetstone measures 241mm in length, 38.81mm in width and 26.42mm in thickness. It weighs 560g.

Cf. LIN-4C5057 on the database, which is from a nearby findspot.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 410
Date to: Circa AD 1066

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 241 mm
Width: 38.81 mm
Thickness: 26.42 mm
Weight: 560 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 25th May 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Denise Wilding
Identified by: Mrs Denise Wilding

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: East Lindsey

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LIN
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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