DUR-424732: DUR-424732

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Unique ID: DUR-424732

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fine-grained, dark grey stone, oval-ended and broken at one end, of uncertain date. It has been used as a whetstone for sharpening blades.

The stone is natural, not deliberately shaped, oval in section, thickening and widening to the broken end. The complete end is rounded. The top of the whetstone shows signs of brown 'polish' and has numerous shallow, linear grooves in the surface. The back is concave and rougher; it shows a couple of diagonal grooves but these may be natural wear.

Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards. The improvised use of various stones for sharpening or rubbing stones is most characteristic of the Roman and early Medieval periods.

Jones and Taylor (2010) illustrate a similar whetstone from Scarcewater, Cornwall, on page 129, fig 66. Similar objects can be found on this database at CORN-687982, SOM-9B8C85 and LANCUM-9379A7.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 155.06 mm
Width: 101.24 mm
Thickness: 47.56 mm
Weight: 1146 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Ann Lipscombe
Identified by: Mrs Ann Lipscombe

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ1251
Four figure Latitude: 54.85365631
Four figure longitude: -1.81461933
1:25K map: NZ1251
1:10K map: NZ15SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
General landuse: Woodland
Specific landuse: Mixed

References cited

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Audit data

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

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