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Record ID: LANCUM-421FE3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Whetstone pendant of uncertain date within the period c. 2150 BC - AD 1400. The object is square and tapers to a broken forked edge. The top of the object is pierced and demarcated from the rest of the object by horizontal grooves that run around the top and the bottom of the piercing. Vertical grooves run down the centre of each face. The piercing is wider at one end than the other. The object is formed from dark-grey stone. It is 51.44mm in length and 11.54mm in width. It weighs 8.86g. Whetstone pendants of similar form are known from a number of archaeological periods, including th…
Created on: Wednesday 14th August 2019
Last updated: Thursday 22nd August 2019
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Record ID: LANCUM-0775C1
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Slightly damaged polished stone axehead of Neolithic date (c. 4000 - 2350 BC). The axehead is formed from grey stone, probably Langdale tuff. The surface of the object has been weathered and is rough and pitted, to a greater degree on one side than the other. The more weathered side is also darker in colour. There is some brown surface accretion on both sides. The object is broadly rectangular in shape with a lentoid section. It widens slightly at one end and narrows into an unsymmetrically curved cutting edge. The other (butt) end is badly chipped and damaged. The object is 153.5mm in…
Created on: Tuesday 31st July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-73AF48
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Dark grey chert tool, probably Bronze Age. A more or less round shaped thumb scraper showing flaking to all edges of dorsal face. Dark grey with no inclusions. The ventral face is largely flat. Dorsal face has a pronounced hump at one side Length 22mm, Width 20mm, Thickness 8mm, Weight 3g.
Created on: Tuesday 11th December 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wiswell Moor', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-E7C543
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Light grey flint tool, probably late Neolithic. Striking platform visible. Ventral side is slightly concave with prominent bulb of percussion at proximal end. Multiple flaking to dorsal side to create a curved blade profile with most of dorsal ridge having been removed and micro-touching along full extent of two main edges. Grey colour with slight blackening at proximal end, with some lighter inclusions throughout. Blade is incomplete having been snapped at distal end in antiquity. Length 25mm, Width 15mm, Thickness 4.5 mm. Weight 2g.
Created on: Wednesday 17th April 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Pendle Hill', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-BEEAB4
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Bronze Age chert thumbnail scraper from a heavily worked tertiary flake. The ventral side shows a bulb of percussion and almost parallel, but slightly flared scars radiating from the centre to the rounded end. The ventral side is slightly concave towards the rounded end which shows evidence of significant retouching. The sharper end retains a very small area of cortex. There is evidence of retouching around all edges. All faces and edges have a very polished appearance. The chert is very dark, being almost black, with minute brown inclusions very similar to chert lithics found at Mar…
Created on: Monday 14th October 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brockhall Scar Woods', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-686E06
Object type: AXEHEAD ROUGHOUT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete though probably unfinished stone axehead probably a roughout of Neolithic date, c. 3500 - 2100 BC discovered below the foundations of a cottage garden wall. The axehead is possibly of the Graig Lwyd Group VII axe - the patina looks the type and the white speckles on a blue-grey matrix is typical of the rock type or it could be an epidiotised greenstone Group VI Langdale axe. The axe head is trapezoidal in plan with a pointed ovate section. The surfaces are rough with a chip to one side of the butt edge. The unpolished nature of the object suggests it was not properly finishe…
Created on: Monday 13th March 2017
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-F41A76
Object type: ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a stone that appears to in the form of a claw. It was found in the River Ribble and is water damaged and may have be natural and sculptured by the water. Having said that it does appear to have been worked and is likely to be either an architectural fragment or a component element of a sculpture. Period unknown but possibly post-medieval. The length is 90mm, the width is 48mm thickness 36mm and the weight 203.25g.
Created on: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 25th April 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-8100C7
Object type: ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman architectural fragment from the Roman bath house adjacent to Ribchester Roman fort dating 1st to 4th century AD. The fragment is probably from a structural wall and appears to have a hole purposely drilled in it probably to mount an object or part of the interior furnishing. The length is 38mm, width 26mm and thickness 15mm. The diameter of the hole is 4mm.
Created on: Monday 9th May 2011
Last updated: Friday 20th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'RIBCHESTER ROMAN BATH HOUSE', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM1498
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Stone axehead, very rough feel to surface. Extremely well worked given the hardness of the rock. Slightly expanded mid section, very narrow pointed butt end. Curving, rounded blade end, blade quite sharp-used. Complete. Regular, diminishing, lentoid section. Green and black granulated surface. Igneous, intrusive, very granular, hard rock, probably picrite. Maximum width 54.7mm, minimum width 10.5mm at butt end.
Created on: Tuesday 11th July 2000
Last updated: Tuesday 8th November 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'LANCASHIRE SALTERFORTH', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-EEB756
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably a Clactonian flint tool, made from creamy-grey flint. Part of the cortex survives near the edge. It is a tool made from the core; marks of secondary and tertiary flaking clearly visible along the cutting edge. From the same field come a further five pieces of flint (flakes) and two pieces of ochre.The Clactonian industry involved striking thick, irregular flakes from a core of flint, which was then employed as a chopper. The flakes would have been used as crude knives or scrapers. The Clactonian Culture is named after a superb collection of Prehistoric material found on a sit…
Created on: Wednesday 7th September 2005
Last updated: Sunday 21st August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bickerstaffe Area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-9CFBE3
Object type: ANVIL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably an early Bronze Age anvil stone dating to between c2100 and c1500 BC.. It reminiscent of the Early Bronze Age anvil stones from a smiths grave at Lunteren in the Netherlands; see http://1501bc.com/page/rijks_museum_oudheden/0214038.JPG. It is incredibly heavy for its size (too heavy for the finds scales) and shows evidence of continual impacts that appear deliberately placed. It is as likely that the anvil was used in the production of gold items, as well as copper alloy objects. The iron staining on the face of the stone is probably due to a close encounter with a plough at …
Created on: Friday 8th March 2013
Last updated: Friday 22nd January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dinckley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-D23211
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
This ground and polished Mesolthic sedimentary rock pendant is part of the John Winstanley Collection which is currently looked after by the Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society. The length is 16.84mm, width 14.24mm and thickness 8.74mm.
Created on: Monday 8th June 2009
Last updated: Thursday 21st January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Anglezarke Moor', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-066250
Object type: CREMATION
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A heavily water worn piece of limestone, possibly from a limestone pavement and therefore not in situ. The 'antler' like protuberances could have been useful for working stone tools. Associated with a cremation probably human from a Bronze Age cairn. The length is 100mm, and the width is 55mm and the thickness is 60mm.
Created on: Tuesday 17th December 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-17B375
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Mesolithic grey/green rhyolite borer and possibly also used as a chisel. Dates to between c10000 to c7000 BC. Measuring 3lmm long, 16mm wide, 11mm and weighing 4.76g.
Created on: Monday 18th May 2009
Last updated: Saturday 15th March 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Trawden', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-FF4A27
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably a whetstone dating from the early medieval period. The object is roughly rectangular in shape and has a rectangular cross section. The surface on one side is rougher than on the other three sides which are very smooth. There are two parallel 'cuts' around the top part of the object which is where a string may have been attached to it. There is no evidence of a perforation.
Created on: Friday 10th January 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 5th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carnforth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-2E67E5
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mesolithic to early Bronze Age worked white quartz or quartzite scraper. Its overall plan is D shaped, with the straight edge being the working edge. Due to the nature of it crystal structure, this material is hard to date from its working. As it bears a similarity to a D shaped scraper, it would be reasonable to assume that its most likely date of manufacture was late Neolithic to early Bronze Age. Dating to between c7000 to c1601 BC, probably to between c2700 and c1601 BC. The length is 10mm, width 10mm, and the thickness 5mm.
Created on: Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Last updated: Monday 28th October 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wycoller', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-5E2017
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A 'Marles Wood' black chert core, possibly late Mesolithic to early Neolithic. The colour is almost black with numerous mid brown speckled inclusions. There is evidence of 5 large flakes having been struck laterally from the sides and evidence of a smaller flake having been removed from near the top of one of these. There is also evidence that a flake has been removed transversally from both the top and bottom of the piece. The base still retains a light grey cortex with a small 'vein' of iron stain. The colour and texture of the chert is typical of other examples found at the same lo…
Created on: Wednesday 29th May 2013
Last updated: Monday 14th October 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Salesbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-E4D5E7
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Large Langdale axe made from greenish-grey sandstone, butt end damaged and blade end missing. Surfaces very finely shaped and smooth.
Created on: Tuesday 25th October 2005
Last updated: Tuesday 8th October 2013
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-A57C42
Object type: MICROLITH
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Tiny piece of vitrified worked black stone. Possibly chert or a form of Arran pitch. It's faces are completely covered in striking scars and it appears to be a late Mesolithic microlith. It was recovered from an old hearth eroding out of the bank of the River Lune, east of Caton. It measures 7x5x2mm and dates from between c8300BC & c2900BC. Weighs approx 0.05grms.
Created on: Thursday 2nd August 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Caton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: FAKL-0418E3
Object type: HAMMERSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Oblate hammerstone made from quartzite the surface of which is dark brown. Around the equator is a band of marks left by hammering. On the opposite side of the equator is a smaller battered area. Not datable but probably Prehistoric. 51.6 x 49.6mm diameter x 40.8mm High.
Created on: Sunday 30th June 2013
Last updated: Sunday 30th June 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Laneshaw Bridge', grid reference and parish protected.


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