HAMP-E2B784: Early-medieval/ medieval whetstone

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Unique ID: HAMP-E2B784

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An incomplete fine-grained micaceous stone whetstone or hone. It is sub-rectangular in shape with (worn) breaks at both short ends, revealing a D-shaped cross-section. It narrows from 20.1x14.8mm at one break to 14.6x11.6mm at the other, over a length of 76.3mm.
The stone is grey to the flat underside but otherwise brown in colour with lines of silvery inclusions running through it. These appear as dark grey longitudinal striations on the brown surface. The stone is soapy to the touch.
The object weighs 41.20g.
Whetstones or hones of this type were often perforated in order to suspend them from a leather belt for personal use. Examples are known from Viking York (AY17/14, nos. 9329, 9590) from 9th to 11th century contexts, but the shape and size continues into the medieval period, with examples illustrated from Winchester in Biddle (1990, nos. 3034, 3035) coming from fourteenth century contexts.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 76.3 mm
Width: 20.1 mm
Thickness: 14.8 mm
Weight: 41.2 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Object Entry Form WINCM 450

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
To be known as: Bishops Waltham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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

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