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    • Broad period: IRON AGE
    • Primary material: Stone

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Record ID: NMS-0CDBC5
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Almost complete upper stone from a Late Iron Age - Roman rotary quern of East Anglian type dating to the period c. AD 1 - 100. The stone is "bun-shaped" as is typical for quern stones of this type, the sides gently sloping to generate a broad conical profile with a rounded top which is somewhat damaged, although it is unclear whether this occurred during working, or subsequently. It exhibits a central conical perforation forming the hopper; the interior surface is well-worn. At the bottom of the hopper are the corroded remains of the iron spindle sleeve. The grinding surface has been w…
Created on: Wednesday 12th December 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 6th February 2019
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Record ID: CORN-23155B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete micaceous pink slate spindle whorl, circular in plan and sub-rectangular in profile, with parallel faces. ranging in colour from grey, black and pinkish. The whorl has been perforated through the centre and the hole is circular in plan and cylindrical in profile, 9.1 mm in diameter and 6.8 mm deep, and very close to the centre so that the whorl would be balanced while used in the spinning process. The hole is slightly flanged as it opens out at the surface of each face and was probably drilled with a bow drill with a flint or metal tip. There appear to be circular recesses i…
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 21st June 2018
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Record ID: CORN-1728DA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Schist spindle whorl, circular in plan and biconical in profile with a central perforation that is 9 mm in diameter and 9 mm deep and slightly waisted in profile. The centre of the whorl is 9 mm in thickness and it tapers to a narrow edge which is on average about 4 mm thick. The schist is grey in colour with small specks of reflective mica and darker platy elongated minerals which could be hornblende or graphite as these are typical inclusions. The edges of the whorl have broken away through wear or damage, as the schist fractures along its planar layers. The surface is pitted and cra…
Created on: Tuesday 20th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st March 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-19779A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine grained compacted pale sandstone whetstone fragment. The remaining fragment is sub-rectangular and rounded on the unbroken face. There are four smooth surfaces worn on the unbroken face, and the object appears to have been used to sharpen small implements, such as knives. The object fits comfortably into the palm of the hand for the purpose of sharpening implements. The use of probable local stone for sharpening stones is characteristic of the period between the later Iron Age and the middle Saxon period. Other finds from the site would probably make a Roman or later date most l…
Created on: Thursday 8th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th March 2018
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Record ID: SF-BB954E
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A mostly complete puddingstone 'beehive' type quern dating to the Late Iron Age or early Roman period, c. 1-160 AD. Ground from a grey conglomerate with large orange, pinkish and black flint inclusions, the quern has suffered some minor losses to its edge though is otherwise preserved in reasonable condition. It is broadly circular in plan and domed, with angled sides that give it a 'beehive' like appearance. It demonstrates a central circular aperture, though this is now clogged at its upper edge with a large broken flint nodule which has apparently been jammed in the aperture- wheth…
Created on: Thursday 21st December 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 30th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cavendish', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-C08387
Object type: ROTARY QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of sandstone rotary quern, dating to the Iron Age - Roman period (c.400 BC - AD 410). The fragment is from the top half of the quern and is triangular in both shape and cross-section. The underside is a little concave with an area in one corner that is worn smooth. At the edge, the object measures 65.2mm in thickiness/ height; this narrows to 22.9mm at the opposite end. The fragment measures 125.7mm in length and 113.0mm in width. It weighs 860g (to the nearest 2g).
Created on: Monday 27th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 27th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Compton and Shawford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WREX-DC5D73
Object type: SCULPTURE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possible Iron Age carved stone head.The head is carved from a single piece of limestone with a high quantity of shelly material within it.The face is tilted slightly to the left.It has distinctive lentoid eyes and a large wedge-shaped nose with a very simple slit mouth.The ears are also very simply carved.The back of the head is very smooth, although there appears to have been some attempt to create some form to the back of the head.The head has been truncated at the neck with a straight cut. ‚ÄčThe head has some lichen adhering. Height: 455mm; width: 267mm; thickness: 120mm.It …
Created on: Monday 23rd October 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Llanfiar Dyffryn', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-B73031
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment hemi-ovoid shaped Sarsen saddle or grinding quernstone dating to period c. 800 BC- AD 410. Half of the quern is missing. The upper surface is longitudinally concave. In the concavity is a small circular recess possibly part of its original function or later reuse. There is iron staining on the incomplete quern suggesting that the quern may have been used for iron working. Tap slag from iron smelting has been recovered from the field, perhaps supporting this suggestion. The object measures 274mm in max length and 67mm in maximum thickness.
Created on: Tuesday 4th July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 11th December 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-3E7BBE
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine grained compacted pale sandstone whetstone fragment. The remaining fragment is sub-rectagular in shape and has a rounded shape to the outer unbroken face. There are three smooth surfaces worn on the upper unbroken face and the object appears to have been used to sharpen small implements, such as knives. The object fits comfortably into the palm of the hand for the purpose of sharpening implements. The use of probably local stone for sharpening stones is characteristic of the period between the later Iron Age and the middle Saxon period. Other finds from the site would probably …
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: GAT-22C7BD
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Sub rectangular stone with a circular hole worn through the thicker end. Shaped with two protrusions at the thinner end, but both damaged in antiquity. The central hole is very cleanly drilled. The object has been handled regularly and is very smooth except on the damaged portions.
Created on: Monday 3rd October 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 7th December 2016
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Record ID: GAT-2277ED
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Disc spindle whorl, made of stone and damaged in antiquity in two places on the edge. The face with the most damage is characterised by dipping within the thickness of the edge, which has subsequently been handled and made smooth. The central hole is very cleanly drilled.
Created on: Monday 3rd October 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 7th December 2016
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Record ID: GAT-21FCD2
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Disc spindle whorl, made of stone, and damaged in one place on the edge. The face displaying the most damage has incised parallel lines radiating outwards from the central hole. Also on this face there is incised decoration which forms an uneven circle about halfway across the diameter. On the opposing face there are three radiating parallel incisions covering part of the face, whilst the remainder has been rubbed smooth, partially removing the decoration which consists of incised lines running across the diameter of the face.
Created on: Monday 3rd October 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 7th December 2016
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Record ID: HESH-1B967F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Eardisland History and Heritage Group Eardisland Excavation 2013 Site Summary: Finds made during excavation of a single trench 16m x 1.25m across crop marks on cultivated land. Site number: RHYD 13 Context number:004 Description: A stone spindle whorl of Iron Age date (100 BC - 43AD). The spindle whorl is circular in plan with one edge being especially flattened There is a circular shaped hole set slightly off centre. It was made by drilling from each side. It is likely that this would have been done with a bow drill and sand, which acts as the abrasive. The cent…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Last updated: Friday 2nd June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Eardisland', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DENO-B69D3A
Object type: SCULPTURE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone Iron Age 'pillar stone' or stele dating to the fourth to first centuries BC. The pillar stone is broadly square in cross-section with slightly rounded corners. It tapers slightly towards its rounded top. The bottom surface of the pillar stone is covered with rectangular grids of small holes. The top half/third of the side faces are decorated with a continuous but irregular pattern of horizontal grooves, occasionally broken with a vertical groove or terminating altogether. Each face is decorated with a different set of carvings. Face 1 is decorated with a rectangular panel w…
Created on: Thursday 5th May 2016
Last updated: Thursday 10th November 2016
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Record ID: DENO-B52638
Object type: SCULPTURE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone head, probably dating to the late-Iron Age to early-Roman period (c.100 BC-AD c.100), but possibly 19th century. It is missing fragments from its sides. The head has some features which are common on Iron Age heads. These include the lentoid eyes, triangular nose and flat face with a blank expression on it. The head has a bushy but short beard and mosutache. Also notable are the 'radiates' around the top and sides of the face which may represent brushed back hair. The head also appears to wear a large headdress which covers the entire top and back of the head. …
Created on: Thursday 5th May 2016
Last updated: Friday 3rd June 2016
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Record ID: CORN-9BE2F7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Micaceous argillaceous shale spindle whorl, ranging from pink to light brown in colour with a sparkling surface from the mica inclusions. The whorl is oval in plan and flat in profile, with smooth parallel faces, and a slightly off-centre tapering depression in each face which do not meet in the middle and perforate the stone. On one face the depression is 2 mm in diameter and 3 mm deep and the other depression on the opposite face is 4 mm in diameter and 2 mm deep. The depressions have been deliberately drilled from each face but not completed so that the spindle whorl was never used…
Created on: Saturday 30th May 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
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Record ID: LEIC-F96693
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Iron age? possible saddle quern grinder c.200mm long, 160mm wide and 68mm thick. (not weighed). The object is circular in form and eliptical in section with one slightly concave surface and one quite rounded. It is formed of millstone grit and has signs of wear on the rounder surface.
Created on: Thursday 16th April 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
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Record ID: SF-30F879
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A probable fragment of an Iron Age or early Roman puddingstone quern. Only a small chunk, bearing breaks on all faces, survives. Puddingstone is distinctive conglomerate containing rounded red flint pebbles within a siliceous matrix, the main sources of which lie in Hertfordshire. Research carried out by Major in Essex suggests that puddingstone rotary querns were produced here from at least 10 AD until around 160 AD and a similar chronology seems likely in Cambridgeshire (2004, 2-4). Length: 74.91mm, width: 65.36mm, thickness: 56.96mm
Created on: Friday 13th March 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isleham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IARCH-106084
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Surrey
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Uncertain but quite possibly a hollow flint?
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wonersh', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-C2EBDD
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Part of a Late Iron Age to Early Roman rotary quern stone. The piece represents just under half of the originally ring-shaped upper stone. The stone is of classic 'bee hive' form, being domed, with a flat underside, and retains part of its inverted-conical hopper, located centrally. Part of a conical handle socket extends horizontally from the outer face, terminating a short distance from the hopper. Another feature of the stone is a recessed perimeter band, which probably represents a seating for a driving strap. The puddingstone itself is a conglomerate comprising small to medium…
Created on: Saturday 13th December 2014
Last updated: Monday 12th January 2015
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