PUBLIC-AD162C: Roman whetstone

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-AD162C

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fragment of whetstone or hone of probable Roman date. The whetstone has been manufactured from very fine-grained, blue-grey mudstone, similar to the Jurassic rocks found on the coast of North Yorkshire. It is sub-rectagular in plan and section. It is broken down its length from being struck and shearing down a natural bedding plane. The damage, however, shows the very fine internal structure of the stone. The outer surfaces are very smooth with flat facets, probably as a result of the blade-sharpening process. There are various cut marks with triangular-shaped sections that suggest the use of a blade. One surface has multiple shallow, parallel scratches which may be contemporary but may also be farm machinery damage. The majority of finds from the site are Roman so a Roman date is most likely for this object.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 77.86 mm
Width: 25.37 mm
Thickness: 17.12 mm
Weight: 73.15 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 3rd September 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Tom Redmayne
Identified by: Mr Tom Redmayne

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Fulstow

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
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

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

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