NLM-FEC0CD: Undated Whetstone

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Object type certainty: Probably
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Compacted Sandstone water rolled cobble, probable whetstone; a sparkling surface indicates the presence of mica or other abrasive constituents in a sandy matrix, and hence suitability as a sharpening stone. This large sub-triangular flat-sided stone has one large flat surface smoothed and dished by wear. Other surfaces are unmodified, though scratches from plough strike appear on all. The use of improvised hones is characteristic of a long period from later Prehistory to the Viking Age. A rock of this size might be used to sharpen large tools such as a scythe or spade iron. It may have been collected from a riverine context, or from glacial Drift. A wide range of improvised hone stones were used until Norwegian schist achieved dominance over the medieval market for sharpening stones. Suggested date: Unknown, Iron Age to Early Medieval, 800 BC - AD850.

Length: 150mm, Width: 72.1mm, Thickness: 30.6mm, Weight: c.455gms

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 150 mm
Width: 72.1 mm
Thickness: 30.6 mm
Weight: 455 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: NLM37107

Materials and construction

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

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: East Ravendale

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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