NLM-800F98: Undated Whetstone fragment

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Unique ID: NLM-800F98

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Fine-grained compact grey possibly Sandstone with occasional sparkling flecks on its sides; whetstone, as kindly identified by the finder. The material has a superficial resemblance to the volcanic Greenstone used to make Neolithic group 6 axes, and specialist examination of the broken surface might determine whether such an axe may have been reworked and reused in this case. At all events, this is now a straight-sided bar-shaped hone of rectangular section, rounded at one end and broken at the other. All flat surfaces are lightly dished by wear towards the centre of the object; a facet is also smoothed at its rounded end. The forms of hone fall into two broad categories: those which were readily portable and often worn, for personal use; and 'workshop' hones for whetting larger tools, agricultural implements and weapons, which would be less readily portable. This appears to be an example of the latter. A variety of fine-grained and coarser stones were used as sharpeners from later Prehistory until the Anglo-Scandinavian period, when the importation of Norwegian phyllites and schists was to lead to the dominance by the latter of the medieval market for sharpening stones. Hones of this form were especially common from the Roman period through to the end of the Middle Saxon period. Suggested date: unknown, Roman to Early Medieval, 43-850.

Length: 80.2mm, Width: 35.9mm, Thickness: 17.5mm, Weight: 98.75gms

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 80.2 mm
Width: 35.9 mm
Thickness: 17.5 mm
Weight: 98.75 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM37016

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North East Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North East Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Laceby

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the 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

No references cited so far.

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