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Record ID: NMGW-5B910B
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Stone rotary quern fragment probably of Roman date The stone is from a rotary quern and is probably a fragmentary upper-stone in coarse-grained sandstone, now of sub-triangular form (with a maximum surviving length of 99.0mm, a maximum surviving width of 91.5mm and a weight of 357.0g). One of the edges is curved and is likely to be the original outer edge of the quern. The stone is of rectangular section and is thickest at the outside edge, which is without a raised lip (with a thickness of 33.1mm compared with a thickness of 30.1mm at the inside). The grinding face has radial gr…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-A2477F
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Perforated stone pebble, possible Prehistoric stone pebble hammer or mace-head of Mesolithic or Neolithic date The mace-head is made on a water-rolled pebble and is complete (with a length of 126.6mm, a maximum width of 85.7mm, a maximum thickness of 33.3mm and a weight of 558.1g). The perforation is off-centre and has a pronounced hour-glass profile (with diameters at the faces of 31mm and 33mm and a minimum diameter of 9.0mm). There is evidence of pecking on the sides of the perforation, which are now well-worn, probably through subsequent water action, rather than rubbing from…
Created on: Tuesday 10th February 2015
Last updated: Friday 30th October 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-A2177B
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic polished stone axehead dating from c. 3,500 to 2,200 BC date. The axehead is complete and is comparatively small (with a length of 109.0mm and a weight of 146.2g). The butt is comparatively wide (at 35mm), giving the axe a trapezoidal form and has a very gentle curve. The sides are straight and gradually divergent, reaching a maximum width (of 45.5mm) at the blade. Both faces are deeply convex giving the axe a pointed-oval body section. The axe reaches its maximum thickness (of 23.2mm) near the blade edge (27mm from the edge). The axe was flaked and then partially polis…
Created on: Tuesday 10th February 2015
Last updated: Thursday 19th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-C8902D
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone button of uncertain date The button is sub-circular in plan and pointed oval in section (with a diameter of 14.5mm - 16.0mm, a thickness of 5.5mm and a weight of 2.4g) and appears to be made of a fine-grained black shale. Both faces are convex and have been polished to achieve the form. One face has two small parallel holes (of c. 0.8mm diameter) drilled through, from just above the edges. The line of the channels has been crudely scored into the surface above each channel. No other decoration is evident. The surface is abraded chipped. The 'button' is unusual and is difficult …
Created on: Monday 1st December 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-5BE81F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wrexham
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Stone spindle-whorl of uncertain date, Roman to early Post Medieval, c. 100 - 1700 The spindle-whorl is comparatively regular and circular (of 35.8 - 37.4mm diameter and weighing 27.8g) is made from a fine-grained, micaeous sandstone, now with ground surfaces. The spindle-whorl is of sub-rectangular section (13.9mm thick) with near-flat faces. The perforation is central and is circular (7.4mm diameter) with straight parallel sides. There is no surviving evidence of applied decoration to the surfaces. Margeson (1993, page 184)[1] has suggested that the weight of a spindle who…
Created on: Wednesday 26th November 2014
Last updated: Thursday 4th December 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-4B403A
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Conwy
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic stone axehead, complete (with a length of 142.8mm and a weight of 536.3g) and has a consistent polish which has removed all the shaping, presumably through pecking. The butt is blunt and has an even curve (45mm wide). Both sides are straight and gradually divergent to the blade. The axe has a pointed elliptical body section and reaches a maximum thickness (of 35.3mm) approximately one third of the length from the blade (53mm from the blade). The blade is moderately rounded (and has a width of 80.4mm). The blade retains its edge and has a number of small nicks. Geological …
Created on: Tuesday 25th November 2014
Last updated: Thursday 4th December 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-335F61
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic worked stone possibly an axehead rough-out or crude scraper, probably dating between c. 3500 - 2100BC The worked stone is complete (with a length of 136.8mm, a maximum width of 111.3mm, a maximum thickness of 50mm and a weight of 999.8g). The stone is a fine-grained greenstone from the 'Langdale axe factory' (Group VI) and has been partially shaped by flaking, mostly around the edges. The stone is sub-rounded, consistent with water rolling.
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 12th November 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-333716
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic polished stone axehead, probably dating between c. 3500 - 2100BC The axehead is comparatively small (with a length of 78.0mm and a weight of 120.8g). The butt (with a width of 31.0mm) is convex and may have been reworked. The sides are straight and gradually divergent to the blade edge (with a width of 58.7mm). There is some polishing on the sides, which are slender. The faces are convex, producing a pointed oval body section, with a maximum thickness (of 20.3mm) near the middle (35mm from the blade edge). The blade edge is moderately straight and displays evidence of con…
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2014
Last updated: Thursday 4th December 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-906A4F
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic flaked and polished stone axe, c. 3500 - 2100BC The axe is near-complete (with a length of 164mm and a weight of 381.9g) with a few recent flaking scars and some rounding through water-rolling. The butt is narrow and moderately straight (with a width of 24mm). Both sides are convex, reaching their widest position (of 58.7mm) close the blade edge (46mm from the edge). The widest point is also close to the point of maximum thickness of the axe (at 31.0mm, 54mm from the blade edge). Both faces are convex across both their lengths and widths, with remnants of partially ground…
Created on: Thursday 23rd October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-3BE8F8
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Neath Port Talbot
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic polished stone axehead, dating from c. 4000 - 2500BC The axe is complete but may have a reworked butt and may originally have been longer (with a length of 124.5mm and a weight of 667g). The axe has been pecked to shape with selective polishing, principally along the blade. The oval butt (45mm wide and 32mm thick) is flat but is bevelled from one face to the other and is coarser than the faces, appearing less finished. The sides of the axe are straight and gradually divergent to the blade edge (with a blade width of 83.2mm). The axe has an oval body section (with a maximu…
Created on: Tuesday 7th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 9th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-9A96E6
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver bezel of a finger ring containing an orangey-red, cornelian, intaglio. The edge of the bezel is decorated by a line of triangles running round its bottom edge and the back by an engraved floral pattern. The intaglio depicts a winged male figure, probably Cupid, a large bunch of grapes and an animal, probably a hare. The intaglio would appear to be Roman, depicting Cupid, a bunch of grapes and a hare. The same combination can be seen on an intaglio from Bath (Henig 1978, 200 no.113) where cupid is holding a bunch of grapes and a hare is jumping up to reach it. On the present int…
Created on: Wednesday 4th February 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 6th July 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-799DA3
Object type: LINEN SMOOTHER
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Anglesey
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Utilised and decorated stone, possibly a slick-stone or linen-smoother of 9th or 10th century date The stone is domed with a flat base and has a maximum diameter of 97.93mm and a height of 51.35mm. The stone is a quartz conglomerate. The top of the stone has been decorated with an oval ring with dimensions: 43.5mm x 37.8mm (internal diameter: 12.3 – 13.9mm). Analysis using a scanning electron microscope indicated that the inlay is composed of calcium carbonate and red ochre. The decoration has been inlaid into a recessed channel in the stone, formed by polishing. The base of the …
Created on: Friday 13th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-FFA443
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Polished stone axehead recorded at the Hidden Treasure Finds Day at the National Museum & Gallery, Wales. The axe is complete and is a comparatively large example. Evidence of shaping via pecking is evident over areas of the axe, particularly around the sides of the face. The remainder of the faces are polished. The axehead is of oval section, with gently convex sides. The butt is short and slightly angled (c. 5-10 degrees) from the vertical axis of the axehead. The blade is curved and has retained its sharp edge. One of the faces is slightly dished, probably because of the shape of th…
Created on: Friday 17th October 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-E35226
Object type: ROTARY QUERN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Anglesey
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of a quern stone, probably of Medieval date. The stone is a conglomerate with large quartz inclusions. This is likely to be the upper stone of pair of quern stones. The inner area, near the centre of the stone has a raised rounded collar, before the opening to take the grain. The underside of the quern is smooth and has a slight concave profile.
Created on: Monday 4th August 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-E32E36
Object type: BOWL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Anglesey
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Incomplete worked sandstone bowl probably of Early Medieval or Medieval date. The exterior of the bowl, including the base, is sub-circular with a varying wall thickness of between 95 and 160mm. The interior and exterior of the bowl have been shaped by pecking. It is possible the bowl may have been a crudely worked font, but is more likely to have been utilised for some domestic or production activity.
Created on: Monday 4th August 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-791160
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Mesolithic bevelled pebble.
Created on: Wednesday 30th July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-40A462
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Top fragment of a perforated whetstone. The stone has a bevelled end and straight sides. The perforation is oval and has an hour glass profile. Both faces are smooth and dished from use. One face has a facet running along one of the sides.
Created on: Tuesday 15th July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-DE9E23
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Butt fragment of a Neolithic stone axehead. The surface of the axe was ground or pecked, rather than polished. The axehead is made from an altered coarse dolorite, which is highly chloritic. The rock is likely to have originated from West Wales and is similar to sources which outcrop locally. The axehead has a pointed butt and rounded sides, which gently diverge. A little less than half of the original length survives. One of the faces shows evidence of damage through flaking, it is not clear whether this damage occurred in antiquity or more recently.
Created on: Monday 16th June 2003
Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-0EE2F4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Perforated whetstone of rectangular cross-section, made of a fine-grained siltstone. The stone tapers gently to the flat end. The top of the whetstone has been damaged and is irregular. The perforation is regular and has been drilled; it has been positioned slightly off-centre on one face. All four faces illustrate evidence of whetting, but show no obvious sign of being dished through prolonged use.
Created on: Tuesday 13th May 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-3FF0B8
Object type: AXE HAMMER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Large complete but unfinished Early Bronze Age (c. 2500 ? 1450 BC) axe hammer. The implement has been made on a medium-grained carboniferous sandstone (a band of similar material can be found to the north of the findspot, stretching from St. Brides Bay to Saundersfoot). The axe hammer is large and heavy and has been roughly shaped giving the implement a somewhat irregular appearance as is usual with this implement type. The sides are gently convex in profile, establishing the artefact as a Roe?s (1979) Class I. The upper and lower faces may also be judged convex making the axe hammer d…
Created on: Tuesday 15th April 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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