NLM-47ECF6: Undated Whetstone

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Unique ID: NLM-47ECF6

Object type certainty: Certain
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Micaceous grey fine-grained Sandstone hone [non-specialist identification by MF]. Rectangular flat-sided stone bar with smoothed zones along its longer edges, and lightly bevelled at one end - the other is broken at an angle. The flat sides bear prominently sparkling mica which does not appear on the edges, though these have received more wear. The stone lacks the green or blueish cast of Norwegian schist, and might be a glacial erratic, perhaps originating in Scotland. The use of collected stones for sharpening and rubbing is a feature of all metal-using periods before the Viking invasions, and this would have been one of the better whetstones for these periods. Suggested date: Unknown, Iron Age to Early Medieval, 800 BC- AD 850.

Length: 69mm, Width: 28.5mm, Thickness: 11.9mm, Weight: 44.67gms

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa 800 BC
Date to: Circa AD 850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 69 mm
Width: 28.5 mm
Thickness: 11.9 mm
Weight: 44.67 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 7th February 2017

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM35149

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Manufacture method: Ground/polished
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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