SOM-22AB88: Unknown whetstone fragment

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WHETSTONE

Unique ID: SOM-22AB88

Object type certainty: Certain
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One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted fine grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square in section with rounded corners and an bar shape with one angled end and irregular broken end. Three sides seem smoother from use. It is 88.4mm long, and a maximum of 30.2mm by 25.5mm; it weighs 121 grams.

It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th century. A Roman, Medieval or Post Medieval date would be in keeping with surrounded material.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 88.4 mm
Width: 30.2 mm
Thickness: 25.5 mm
Weight: 121 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st July 2016 - Wednesday 31st August 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett
Secondary identifier: Mr Dennis Parsons

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 16913

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Near Wincanton

Spatial coordinates


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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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