YORYM-E091A8: Early Medieval whetstone (probably)

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Unique ID: YORYM-E091A8

Object type certainty: Possibly
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Three fragments of possible whetstones, dating to the period c.AD 43-1700. Fragments 1 and 2 are possibly from the same artefact. It is not possible to suggest a narrower date range, however it should be noted that these fragments are all from a site with known Early Medieval activity.

Fragment 1 is broadly trapezoidal in plan with a break along its narrowest and widest sides. This break extends into the body from the narrowest edge and therefore some of the surface is missing. The stone is buff in colour and Stuart Ogilvey (geologist) states that it is a fine grained, siliceous sandstone and it is from the same source as fragment 2. It measures 51.39mm in length, 53.60mm in width at its widest, 41.97mm in width at its narrowest, 22.33mm in thickness and weighs 86g.

Fragment 2 is broadly triangular in plan, with worn breaks at its upper and lower edges and partway down both sides. The stone is a buff in colour. Dark brown patches are present on one side and a thin crude cross is on the other side in the same dark brown. Stuart Ogilvey (geologist) states that it is a fine grained, siliceous sandstone and it is from the same source as fragment 1. It measures 45.33mm in length, 37.15mm in width at its widest, 10.99mm in thickness and weighs 27.28g.

Fragment 3 is rectangular in plan and rectangular in cross section with worn breaks at its upper and lower edges. The stone is cream with grey-brown striations within the stone. Stuart Ogilvey (geologist) states that it is a siliceous sandstone with larger grains and quartz inclusions. It measures 40.38mm in length, 19.90mm in width, 12.70mm in thickness and weighs 20.87g.

Stuart Ogilvy (geologist) has looked at these fragments and states that they all appear to have smoothed surfaces, and therefore have been worked. He also acknowledges that the sandstone from which they are made could be used to make whetstones. This in addition to each fragment having 4 smoothed sides and a rectangular cross section suggests that they are possibly fragments from whetstones. The finder notes that they may be made from schist, as the site has produced a number of metamorphic hones.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 3

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT:E04923

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Near Driffield

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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: YORYM
Created: Monday 24th October 2016
Updated: Friday 13th January 2017

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