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    • Created after: Sunday 1st January 2012
    • Created before: Monday 11th June 2012
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Record ID: SF-349252
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone object, probably a hone or whetstone of uncertain date. It is formed from a hard grey/brown stone, probably a schist or similar, with micaceous inclusions. The surviving fragment is rectangular in form and section, terminating at both ends in old breaks. Along one long side the edges have what appear to be longitudinal grooves or bevels, past which the object terminates in old breaks. The other three surviving surfaces are worn smooth and demonstrate signs of having been deliberately worn or used. It measures 77.37mm in length, 33.02mm in width, 19.28mm in thicknes…
Created on: Monday 28th May 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 30th May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickham Skeith', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-6112C3
Object type: KILN FURNITURE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Calderdale
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A piece of very hard fine grained stone which seems to have been used as kiln furniture, or been in a pottery kiln for another reason, because it has glaze covering one end, which probably ran off the vessels in the kiln during firing. The glaze is clear with patches of rich olive green (iron based?) and on one face is very thick and bubbly, and discoloured to a purple brown. The stone is pink on the outer face where not glazed, and grey inside. The stone has fractured, perhaps due to heat. The stone looks to have been roughly rectangular before it broke. It may have been used as a sp…
Created on: Wednesday 30th May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 31st May 2012
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Record ID: LANCUM-F81C94
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An unusual millstone grit tool. The stone out of which the tool has been made is a type imported into the area for use as querns and millstones. It is much harder, finer and more evenly grained, more cohesive, and paler than the local grit. Likely to be within the date range of c2900 BC to c100 AD, but probably Bronze Age (2150-800 BC) It is probable that the object started life as larger quern or milling stone that broke at some stage. As the stone would have been sought after locally, it was reused. See also LANCUM-0F97C8 for further information. Measures 160mm in length, 70mm i…
Created on: Wednesday 6th June 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd January 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Briercliffe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-084F85
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Green Tuff Polished Axehead fragment. A chip sheared from the cutting edge of a Greenstone Polished Axe, probably Langdale stone Group 6. One edge had been realigned before breakage, and one edge which may have been a cutting edge is atypically broadly angled. The finder kindly comments that the resultant section may indicate the tool had been used as adze rather than axe; this reporter has noted occasional evidence for the reshaping of worn or broken axeheads. Suggested date: Early Neolithic, 3500-2900 BC. Length: 40.9mm, Width: 39.1mm, Thickness: 12.3mm, Weight: 16.89gms.
Created on: Thursday 7th June 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 11th July 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Beltoft', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-082E64
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Norwegian Schist Hone fragment. Rectangular section mullion of schist, worn on all its sides and markedly dished on one of its narrower sides. Broken at both ends. Norwegian honestones from quarries near Telemark came to dominate the English market for sharpening stones throughout the Middle Ages. This object is of an intermediate size between personal hones - often carried suspended - and more unwieldy workshop or kitchen hones .The shape is conferred by the cleavage of the stone along its bedding planes. Suggested date: Medieval, 1200-1500. Length: 93.2mm, Width: 34.2mm, Thic…
Created on: Thursday 7th June 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 11th July 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Beltoft', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-6A74D6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone spindle whorl which is circular in plan probably dating to the Medieval period, (1100-1500). It is circular in plan and sub-rectangular in cross-section. The object has a central circular perforation which has been drilled from each side. The object measures 33.11mm in diameter, 7.32mm in thickness and weighs 12.0g. The diameter of the internal perforation is 7.68mm. The object consists of a light greyish-brown rough stone. Spindle whorls were used from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period. Egan (Egan G. 1998 The Medieval Household Daily Living c. 1150-c.1450 Museum…
Created on: Thursday 12th April 2012
Last updated: Thursday 12th April 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Middlewich', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-6F2B26
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete ground and polished Langdale axehead. Made from an Igneous green stone which is probably sourced from the Lake District, Cornwall or Wales. The side facets are polished. The butt end is broken away and the blade edge and one side are chipped,most likely caused post-depostion rather than ancient use-wear. One face is slightly flattened, while the opposite face has more deliberate flattening. The broken butt end is worn, suggesting an old break. Dr. Tom Brindle writes: "Grinding occurs after 4000 BC, so this axe is likely to have a date range of between 4000-2500 BC
Created on: Thursday 12th April 2012
Last updated: Monday 11th June 2012
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Record ID: LEIC-7F2742
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Three undated stone whetstones, all are incomplete - missing their ends, have a rectangular section and rectangular form and show signs of heavy use. 1 56mm long, 11mm thick and 20mm wide, weight 32.07grams. 2 90mm long, 17mm thick and 33mm wide weight 117grams 3 90mm long, 20mm thick and 27mm wide, weight 99.3grams.
Created on: Friday 13th April 2012
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2012
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Record ID: NARC-D6DDF1
Object type: POUNDER
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone (probably dolerite or epidiorite) pounder or hammer, bell-shaped in plan and profile, likely made from a natural cobble. The wider end of the stone appears to have been broken from its original form, but use has continued creating a smooth surface. The narrow end shows little sign of use and was probably only used for the hand to grip the tool. Ashbee (1996) illustrates a similar example from Halangy Down on St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, which he suggests might have been used as a limpet hammer or for pulverising grit for tempering potter's clay, or woodworking, (page 1…
Created on: Tuesday 17th April 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 9th May 2012
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Record ID: CAM-127600
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: City of Peterborough
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A spherical stone, some of the outer surface damaged, with a circular perforation through the centre. The diameter of the perforation is 5.11mm. The bead weighs 3.60g has a height (edge of perforation to edge of perforation) of 15.16mm and width of 16.04mm. Discussion: Stones can have naturally occurring cylindrical perforations if the stone has formed around another item such as Belamite fossils. The stone can then be eroded and weathered into pebbles that fortuitously resemble beads and therefore makes identification difficult. Dr Kevin Leahy identifies this find type as the r…
Created on: Friday 20th April 2012
Last updated: Thursday 15th November 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Glinton Area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-278052
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A whetstone made of schist or Norweigian ragstone. The surface is very fine and contains high quantities of small refractive ?quartz. The stone is rectangular in plan and in cross-section, broken at one end and with a circular hole drilled through the other. The hole is hour-glass shaped.
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Sleaford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CAM-3BF965
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fossil sponge known as Poroshpaera, which are known to have been used in the early Bronze Age as stone beads. Kenneth Oakley's paper, published in an early volume of Antiquity, titled 'The Folklore of Fossils' discusses their use. Identified by Kevin Leahy and confirmed by Mr Paul Ensom, formally of the Natural History Museum. The spherical fossil measures: weight is 2.43g, height (where perforation is vertical) 12.54mm, diameter is 13.51mm and the circular perforation has a diameter of 3.92mm. It is impossible to tell if a Porosphaera fossil has been used as a bead unless it was …
Created on: Friday 4th May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 15th November 2012
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Record ID: NCL-7A9551
Object type: PENCIL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone pencil of Post-Medieval to Modern date, c. 1700-present. The pencil is incomplete,and probably much worn. It is square in section and sub-retangular in plan, with one end worn to a tapered point.
Created on: Monday 7th May 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2012
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Record ID: NLM-924BC2
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Volcanic Tufa, probably Langdale Greenstone Polished Axe fragment. Splinter from the cutting edge of a greenstone polished axe head, probably Group 6, comprising an area spalled from one face, and a very limited extent from the adjacent face. The angle between the faces is unusually sharp. This may indicate manufacture or use as an adze, for which a different action is required - this suggestion was kindly offered by Brian Kearsley. Alternatively, it may arise from heavy wear, or from the previous breakage and reshaping of an axe-head. Suggested date: Neolithic, 3500-2100 BC. Leng…
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 2012
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Record ID: NLM-90E627
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cream coloured Fossiliferous Limestone Possible Rubber. Sub-triangular flat stone, smoothed on upper and lower surfaces and along two edges. This object was recovered as a possible miniature axe-head, a function for which the material is unsuitable. However, its flat smoothed form may be the result of either a natural processes - such as erosion in water - or utilisation. It resembles a pumice stone smoother, an item supplied in recent times for cosmetic use as a rubber to remove dead skin; pumice stone inserts were also used in pincushions to sharpen points. Such uses may have bee…
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 13th September 2012
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Record ID: NARC-A65590
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a quern stone of Early Roman date. Roughly triangular in shape with a bevelled outer edge. the stone is pinkish in colour, with large quartzite grit inclusions.
Created on: Wednesday 9th May 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 9th May 2012
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Record ID: NMS-B7AF84
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Anglesey
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone axehead. Pointed oval section, rounded butt expanding with slightly convex sides to a curved cutting edge from which a large recent chip is missing. Polished over most of the surface, large chip / damage on one face at butt end. Length 192mm. Maximum width 79.5mm. Maximum thickness 46mm. From photographs, John Williams, National Museum Wales, comments "I'm pretty certain it is a Graig Lwyd Group VII axe - the patina looks the type and more important the fresh scalp has the white speckle on a blue-grey matrix that is typical of the rock type. Confirmation would have to be by …
Created on: Thursday 10th May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 10th May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Pentraeth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-CE63C6
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Bedford
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone axehead. Oval shaped in section, the rounded but and blade ends are missing. One side has laminated away, and a large section missing from approximately 50% of the opposite side. The widest edge is 62mm and the narrowest end is 46mm. It is 11mm thick and 102mm long. It weighs 154.6g. This is possibly a Graig Lwyd Group VII axe, due to the the white speckle on a blue-grey matrix that is typical of that rock type.
Created on: Friday 11th May 2012
Last updated: Friday 11th May 2012
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Record ID: NARC-D40182
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Bedford
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of drak brown stone with high percentage og quartzite and grit inclusions. Rectangular in section, and trapezoidal in plan due to the breaks, the lowers srface is uneven and broken, while the upper surface is smooth and slightly concave. The basic form of the upper surface and nature fo the stone suggest that this may be a fragment of quern stone of Roman date. Several quernstones can be found on this database for comparison.
Created on: Friday 11th May 2012
Last updated: Friday 11th May 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: WILT-0E9AA1
Object type: ROOF TILE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A probably complete, but with worn edges, sub-hexagonal stone roof tile found in association with Roman material. The edges are longer than the ends, both of which are V shaped. There is a perforation for a nail (5.75mm diameter) towards one edge of the V at one end. Measures c.360mm in length, max.c.220mm in width and c.28mm thick. It weighs in excess of 1kg (maximum allowance of scales available). Roof tiles such as these are common on Roman sites, but continue in use into the 19th century.
Created on: Monday 14th May 2012
Last updated: Monday 14th May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tisbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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