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Unique ID: PUBLIC-F85E33

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fine grained, pale grey, oblong shaped sandstone, with some plough damage at one end of the reverse face, used as a whetstone. Both faces are smoothed by wear, and the edges are rounded and show evidence of being used for sharpening blades.

The improvised use of various stones from glacial drift for sharpening or rubbing stones is characteristic of the Roman and Early Medieval periods until the Viking Age, when Scandinavian stones from the Telemark region became widely available. Suggested date: Unknown, Roman to Early Medieval, 43-850. The known history of the site leans towards an Early Medieval date. Similar examples can be seen on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database PUBLIC-848D45, NLM-4437B0 and YORYM-BE1C37.

Length; 150mm, width; 54.4mm, thickness;24.3mm. Weight; 295.3g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Middle
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 150 mm
Width: 54.4 mm
Thickness: 24.3 mm
Weight: 295.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 15th December 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jeff Lyons
Identified by: Mr Jeff Lyons

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: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Cottam (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9767
Four figure Latitude: 54.0897776
Four figure longitude: -0.51849661
1:25K map: SE9767
1:10K map: SE96NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 12 months ago
Updated: 12 months ago

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