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Record ID: SOM-67962B
Object type: TESSERA
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
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A limestone tessera, probably of Roman date. The tessera is a slightly brownish white and has been polished smooth. its reverse is less smooth and still retains some of the mortar used to cement this block. This mortar is a a greyish brown colour. The tessera measures 21.5mm by 20.3mm by 9.9mm and weighs 10.27 grams.
Created on: Friday 16th August 2019
Last updated: Friday 16th August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ilminster CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-C1FF6C
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine-grained compacted Sandstone, whetstone. A short bar hone of originally rectangular section, reduced to oval section towards one end by heavy wear. All four sides are lightly dished towards their centre by this use. The flat ends suggest the object is complete. Suggested date: Roman, 43-410 Length: 59.3mm, Width: 26.9mm, Thickness: 19.2mm, Weight: 61.33gms
Created on: Thursday 8th August 2019
Last updated: Thursday 8th August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wetwang', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-40442C
Object type: PLOUGH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone Plough Pebble of Medieval date (AD 800-1400). The object is sub-ovate with one flattened end, and one rounded pointed and tapering end. There is a negative scar at one end of the flattened section, most probably caused by post depositional processes, there is also a linear void in the rounded end. This is a 'plough pebble' which was used by being hammered into the sole plate of a wooden plough. The stone is red/salmon in colour and is probably quartzite. Length: 48.43mm, Diameter: 45.30mm, Weight: 98.10g A similar example can be seen on the Portable Antiquities …
Created on: Friday 2nd August 2019
Last updated: Friday 2nd August 2019
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Record ID: SUR-142448
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a flat, sub rectangular pierced stone object with a plano convex lenticular cross sectional profile and tapering edges on the three surviving sides. The stone is a hard and coarse grained grey-green rock of non-local type, possibly igneous, with abundant inclusions of quartz or feldspar. The pierced hole has been worked from both sides and has a slight hour glass profile with clear tool marks on the inner surface suggesting the use of metal tools in its fabrication. The coarse grain, lack of finish and thin, uneven profile all contraindicate a prehistoric origin. Found o…
Created on: Wednesday 31st July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 31st July 2019
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Record ID: NLM-9786AD
Object type: ROTARY QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine-grained compacted Sandstone rotary quern fragment. The upper stone from a large rotary quern, chipped with loss of over half its fabric. The damage includes the removal of large flakes or chunks from the upper surface, and subsequent reddening of the exposed fracture surfaces by burning. The former could relate to the deliberate 'killing' of the object, a behaviour often sought in prehistoric contexts investigated by controlled excavation, while the latter might arise from its subsequent incorporation into a hearth or oven - a pattern of reuse often found in areas devoid of good b…
Created on: Thursday 25th July 2019
Last updated: Thursday 25th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wetwang', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-8119F4
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two pieces of chert debitage of probable Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age date (c. 3000 - 1600 BC). Both the pieces are of chert one which can be identified as Portland chert, the other being a coarser differently sourced chert. The Portland flake is a secondary flake with a thin dark grey cortex. Its chert is an even darker grey with no inclusions and a semi glossy patina. The ventral surface shows further flake removals although it is not possible to determine wether these were intentional or occurred while in the ground. The remaining chert piece is a secondary flake with a whi…
Created on: Wednesday 24th July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Petherton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F3A69A
Object type: TESSERA
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A limestone tessera, probably of Roman date as found together with other material from this period. The tessera measures 13.4mm by 10.7mm by 10.9mm and weighs 2.96
Created on: Wednesday 17th July 2019
Last updated: Friday 9th August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-88E389
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete probable Whetstone of Bronze Age to Post-Medieval date, c.AD 1000 BC - AD 1800. The object is made of a greenstone which is sub-rectangular in plan and section, tapering to one end. A worn break is present to the other. All surfaces are smooth and the edges are beveled. The smoothness and faint striations suggest the stone was used to sharpen metalwork. The object is 80.1mm long, 24.5mm wide, 14.7mm thick and weighs 52.2g. A similar object is recorded as NARC-B5F28C which cites excavated examples from Jones and Taylor (2010) which were excavated from Bronze Age contexts…
Created on: Friday 12th July 2019
Last updated: Friday 19th July 2019
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Record ID: WAW-83D70C
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lower Palaeolithic end scraper knapped from a quartzite Bunter cobble from the Triassic period. The scraper is a sub-oval with the ventral surface having a possibly two flake scars at the proximal end, the scar has a step fracture. The dorsal surface has flake removal at the distal end which abrupt re-touch with at least four flake removals to form the scraping edge. There are no visible hammerstone marks on the surface, but the scraper is heavily rolled, therefore the flake scar edges are very blunt and curved. The scraper measures 72.99mm long, 68.01mm wide, 33.47mm thick and weigh…
Created on: Friday 12th July 2019
Last updated: Friday 12th July 2019
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Record ID: WAW-752170
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron Age to Roman (possibly -200 to AD 400) quern fragment: The stone is sandstone with fine to medium sized inclusions which are rounded, brown, white and pink coloured. The base is sub-triangular with two-thirds of the edges being broken, the remaining third appears to be a the original edge which has a steep, slightly angled side. The centre corner of the quernstone is concave vertically which was originally the central funnel of the quern. The base is worn, slightly concave and smooth. In section the quern is a quarter-circle. It measures 128.37mm long, 112.24mm wide across the smo…
Created on: Thursday 11th July 2019
Last updated: Thursday 11th July 2019
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Record ID: WAW-75062A
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron Age to Roman (possibly -200 to AD 400) probable quern fragment: The stone is sandstone with fine to medium sized inclusions which are rounded, brown, white and pink coloured. The base is an irregular shape with broken and abraded edges, although one edge has the original edge which tapers to a curved edge. The base is worn flat and smooth. In section the quern is a sub D-shaped with the upper edge being slightly domed. The remaining surface of the possible quern is rough. It measures 120.36mm long, 118.73mm wide across the smooth side face and 47.27mm thick. It weighs 782g. The qu…
Created on: Thursday 11th July 2019
Last updated: Thursday 11th July 2019
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Record ID: WAW-74E841
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron Age to Roman (possibly -200 to AD 400) probable quern fragment: The stone is sandstone with fine to medium sized inclusions which are rounded, white and pink coloured. The base is a sub-rectagnular with broken and abraded edges. The base is worn flat and smooth. In section the quern is a sub rectangle with the upper edge being slightly domed. On side face is also worn quite smooth, but has fine linear striations. This face is forms a right-angled to the base. The remaining surface of the possible quern is rough. It measures 119.28mm long, 104.42mm wide across the smooth side face …
Created on: Thursday 11th July 2019
Last updated: Thursday 11th July 2019
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Record ID: DEV-6E1733
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete carved stone quern dating to the late Iron Age - Roman period, c. 100 BC to AD 200. The upper part of the quern survives. It is broadly circular in plan, with a roughly hewn circular central aperture through which grain could be inserted onto the grinding surface measuring 82.1mm in diameter. The sides rise steeply, tapering inwards towards the central opening but retaining a rounded appearance as they rise and curve, forming a steep sided dome. There is a deep groove which runs around the entire circumference of the circle approximately 33.7mm up from its base, and the …
Created on: Thursday 11th July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 7th August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Paignton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-33CDD7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine-grained compacted Sandstone whetstone, as kindly identified by the finder. A narrow boat-shaped fragment of stone, rubbed smooth and flat on its opposed broader faces, and to a lesser extent by wear which has left its narrower sides lightly rounded. Broken at both ends, the larger break probably being recent. The use of varied sharpening stones is characteristic of the period between the Roman-era Iron Age and the Middle Saxon period. Suggested date: Unknown, 43-850 Length: 87.8mm, Width: 35.1mm, Thickness: 12.7mm, Weight: 59.50gms
Created on: Monday 8th July 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 9th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brigsley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-33C309
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pale Limestone possible weight fragment, as kindly suggested by the finder. A small pebble with a deep [3mm] groove at one end, and a flattened area aligned with this. The groove may initially have served as a tying notch. Its continuation is truncated by another flat and smoothed surface. The stone is probably too soft to have served as a plough pebble, but some form of reuse as a rubber or polisher may have produced the flat surface as it now appears. The exploitation of erratic pebbles as sharpeners or rubbers is particularly common between later Prehistory and the end of the Early …
Created on: Monday 8th July 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 9th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brigsley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-31F417
Object type: CHOPPER
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lower Palaeolithic bi-facial chopper knapped from a quartzite cobble from the Triassic period. The chopper is an sub-oval with flakes being removed from one terminal. One face has three flake scars and the other face at least two, but the details are not clear due to encrustation on the surface. There is only one hammerstone mark visible along an edge where a flake has been removed from the other face. The chopper has been very rolled, therefore the scar edges are rounded. The chopper measures 103.71mm long, 70.71mm wide, 43.68mm thick and weighs 462g. The object has been identifi…
Created on: Monday 8th July 2019
Last updated: Monday 8th July 2019
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Record ID: NLM-E018AE
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MODERN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably reconstituted stone whetstone fragment. A conical sharpening stone, broken at both ends. The powdery material includes tiny glittering inclusions, and may also have been intended to absorb oil. The mass is considerably less than that of an object of similar size made of a material such as pottery, which tends to suggest an artificial compound and a recent date. Suggested date: Modern, 1900-1950 Diameter: 27.9mm, Length: 66.8mm, Weight: 46.14gms
Created on: Thursday 4th July 2019
Last updated: Monday 8th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Market Rasen', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-C6D5DC
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine-grained compacted Sandstone whetstone fragment. A rectangular-section bar hone fragment, tapered towards a slightly worn wedge shape at one end, broken at the other. One of the broader flat sides is lightly dished by wear and all four sides are smoothed with a reasonably sharp aris where each side meets its neighbour. The simple form and material may together point to a Roman or Anglo-Saxon date, as Scandinavian stones would later come to dominate the medieval market for sharpening stones. This reporter has suggested a broad division between personal hones, which might be worn at …
Created on: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brigsley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-C6CA91
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pale limestone spindle whorl. A discoid cylindrical form with rounded edges, formerly to be described as bun-shaped, though this term is now decried for its imprecision, cf. Walton Rogers form B. A drilled aperture of diameter 9.4mm is set centrally. Abraded. The mass would make this suitable to spin a fine yarn. The spindle-hole size may indicate an Anglo-Scandinavian rather than an earlier date. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 850-1000 Diameter: 33.1mm, Thickness: 14.7mm, Weight: 20.72gms
Created on: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brigsley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-B75570
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic axe. A Greenstone axe presumed to be of Group VI (6), a product of the Langdale Pike axe factory, produced as an oval rough-out and finished by fine polishing which emphasises natural banding of the stone to striking decorative effect. The axe is pointed oval in cross-section with lateral facets (flattened upper and lower edges). It tapers at both ends, one terminating with a wide, worn and slightly chipped cutting edge, and at the other end to a narrower, more abraded butt. The surface of the axe is highly polished with a few patches of later damage. The Langdale greenstone…
Created on: Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 14th August 2019
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