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Record ID: NMS-0F82DA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Whetstone of sub ovoid to sub trapezoidal section with rounded edges, all faces are polished smooth and blackened from use, except for recent damage which reveals the light grey origional colour of the fine grained micaceous shist. As both ends are broken and damaged in antiquity, it is uncertian if this impliment was perforated from suspention. Romano-british to Medieval.
Created on: Monday 26th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 26th June 2017
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Record ID: NLM-BC44C5
Object type: POLISHER
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
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Stone rubber or polisher. A four-sided pyramidal object of regular form, and with corners and the aris between each pair of adjoining faces rounded, possibly by heavy wear or prolonged immersion. The object is of an off-white tint. Under the hand lens, the surface has occasional rounded pits, and rare spots - six were counted - of white metal of up to c.0.5mm diameter. The former are fairly evenly distributed but the latter are more commonly situated close to the smoothed arises. The spots of metal may suggest a use as a burnishing or finishing tool, and their bright metallic colour hi…
Created on: Thursday 22nd June 2017
Last updated: Thursday 22nd June 2017
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Record ID: CORN-FF6822
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
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A Group I type greenstone axe head, ovate in plan, lozenge-shaped in profile, and round at the butt end and oval at the blade end in cross section. The cutting edge is asymmetrically curved and the butt end is pointed. All surfaces would have originally been pecked and ground but the majority of the axe is now deeply pitted due to weathering with polishing only remaining on the butt and blade end, on both faces, but more remains on the dorsal face of the blade. The deeply pecked face is marked by lighter areas of abrasion which have been caused by later damage, and there are some patc…
Created on: Tuesday 13th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 14th June 2017
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Record ID: LVPL-AABBA5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wrexham
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A complete stone spindle whorl or weight dating from c. AD43 - 1100. The object is circular in plan and sub-rectangular in cross section. In the centre of the object is a circular perforation with an internal diameter of 10mm. Each face is covered with striations and scratches but does not appear to be decorated. One edge of the object is thinner due to wear measuring 4mm thick. The opposite edge measures 5.5mm thick. Dimensions: 35mm in diameter, 5.5mm thick, 12.7g Other examples of stone spindle whorls which have been recorded on the PAS database include BUC-3BBC64, GAT-2277ED, GAT…
Created on: Friday 9th June 2017
Last updated: Friday 9th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gresford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-93903B
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lincolnshire
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Cornish Gabbro polished stone axehead, as identified by the finder with reference to advice kindly offered by Mike Boyd, emeritus Keeper of Natural History for Hull Museum. A lentoid section polished axe with a curving cutting edge at its widest part, tapering slightly to a rounded butt. A slight chip on one side has been smoothed in antiquity. This might have been damage associated with the hafting of the axehead. Suggested date: Neolithic, 4000-2350 BC. Length: 117mm, Width: 72.9mm, Thickness: 35.1mm, Weight: [in slight excess of] c.500gms
Created on: Thursday 8th June 2017
Last updated: Friday 9th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-C8C503
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
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An incomplete polished stone Axe-Head of Neolithic date (3500-1500 BC). The object is sub-triangular in plan and lozenge-shaped in section. The object represents the butt or hafting end of a Langdale Axe-Head. The cutting edge and the majority of the body of the object are missing due to a transverse break. The retained portion also has some minor negative scars at both ends however with the exception of these and the transverse break the surfaces are smooth and highly polished and the edges bevelled The stone is grey-green in colour and opaque and is made from a fine-grained silic…
Created on: Friday 5th May 2017
Last updated: Friday 5th May 2017
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Record ID: CORN-687982
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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A complete whetstone of medium brown sandstone. The object is a narrow, tapered rectangle, with rounded corners, in plan, and plano-convex in profile and section. The ventral face is almost flat with two very slightly dished areas either side of the mid-point. The tool is thinner at the wide end, becoming thicker towards the narrower end. When viewed from the dorsal side, the left-hand edge is flat and highly polished through continuous use; the right-hand edge is less highly polished, flat in places but convex towards the wider end and has also been used as a whetstone to sharpen meta…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 8th June 2017
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Record ID: CORN-6871F8
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
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A small Group I type greenstone axe head, ovate in plan, lozenge-shaped in profile and oval in cross section. The cutting edge is asymmetrically curved and the butt is faceted. All surfaces have been ground; the edges are slightly pitted due to weathering but traces of polishing remain on both faces, especially at the blade end. There is a circular area of deep pecking on one face, approximately 22 mm in diameter and on the opposite face are slight traces of pecking, suggesting that the tool was perhaps re-used for hammering or as a small mortar. The deeply pecked face is marked by sev…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 13th June 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-3E7BBE
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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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 m…
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: DOR-369E04
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
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An incomplete ground greenstone axehead. A triangular axehead with flattened sides. The cutting edge is convex and slightly offcentre. The axehead tapers to the broken butt. One face remains convex, the other has been damaged. The cross section is sub-lenticular. The surface has been pecked and ground and is slightly pitted as a result of weathering. The origin is uncertain, but it is possible that it originated on Cornnwall or South Wales. Date: Neolithic - 4000 - 2300 BC Dimensions: 84.03 mm x 36.38 mm x 22.41 mm Weight: 155.76 g
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 16th May 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Owermoigne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-2A974E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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A sandstone whetstone with bevelled end. Trapezoid in plan, sub-rectangular in profile and ovate in section. Made from a local beach pebble, all the edges are rounded and the surfaces of the implement are generally smooth. There are two patches of percussion marks, one on each of the broader surfaces, close to the wider, proximal end of the object. The narrow distal end of the tool has been rubbed smooth from both sides to produce a bevelled edge. The sharp edge of the bevel has been worn through use. There is a small area of pecking at the proximal end of the shorter side edge of the …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2A75D1
Object type: PESTLE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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A fine-grained hammerstone or pestle, sub-rectangular in plan and section and ovate in profile. It is slightly wider at its distal end but fits comfortably in the hand however it is held and appears to have been used to exploit several of its surfaces for different purposes. The slightly flattened ventral face is pecked and uneven, suggesting use as a hammerstone; the distal end is smooth and the right side of the implement, when viewed from the ventral face, is flat and smooth, and it is likely that both of these surfaces have been used for grinding as a pestle. At the junction betwee…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2A69F6
Object type: MULLER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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A muller or rubbing stone with a cup-mark on one side, ovate in plan, sub-rectangular in profile and section. The dorsal face is flat with rounded edges and the two adjacent sides have been shaped by two central, pecked indentations to form a slight waist which enables the implement to be held comfortably in the hand. The original cobble has been split to produce a flat ventral face, resulting in an implement with a wide flat surface which would have been suitable for rubbing or grinding. A pecked indentation, or cup mark, 30 mm in diameter and 4 mm in depth has been formed at the cent…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: SOM-23470E
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a worked stone of uncertain date and function, possibly a whetstone as it appears too thin for a quern. The stone is a well cemented and sorted medium to fine grain sandstone. The fragment is roughly triangular with breaks on all sides and flat top and bottom faces. Across one face is a deep, straight, semi-circular sectioned groove running from one side to the other. On the other face is a shallow, curved, similarly sectioned groove which deepens from one edge to the other and may indicate the piece was used with a rotation action. The fragment is 78.7mm long, and a ma…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2316B4
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a rotary quern of uncertain date. Made of well cemented and sorted medium to fine grain sandstone. The fragment is part of one side of the quern and does not extend to the middle hole so the dimensions of the entire stone are unclear. The quern stone is flat with a convex rounded edge and one face wider than the other. The wider face meets the side at a sharp angle and is pecked and roughened and presumably the grinding surface. The other face is smooth like the rounded edge. It is 75.6mm long, and a maximum of 67.8mm wide and 36.5mm thick; it weighs 317 grams. The orig…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-22FEA8
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
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A broken fragment of a ground and polished axehead. All that remains is the cutting edge, obliquely flaked by a deliberate tranchet strike on one edge. The axehead has a well formed, gently curved cutting edge with faceted edges and incorporated a small area of cortex on one face. Mid to pale grey marbled flint with a thin pale grey patina and matt to semi-matt surfaces. There are several red-brown ferrous stains along the broken edges and several probable plough scrapes on the polished surfaces. The unusual removal may have been intended to create a new temporary cutting edge on the m…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 6th June 2017
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Record ID: SOM-22CE2A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted medium grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square to D-shaped in section with rounded corners, particularly two adjacent corners, and a bar shape with irregular broken ends. The more rounded corners are probably from use. It is 38.7mm long, and a maximum of 26.7mm by 24.1mm; it weighs 37.0 grams. It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th centu…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-22ACEA
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
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The incomplete butt end of a broken, ground and polished axehead. The object is partially ground, with limited polishing and numerous truncated flake scars remaining. The cross-section is asymmetrical and lenticular with slightly faceted sides. The break is flat with a hinge fracture which has turned approximately 90 degrees to remove a small part of the axial ridge on one face. There are several minor flake removals from the butt, possibly as a result of more recent edge damage. The object has a thick white patina with low-gloss to matt surfaces and red-brown ferrous stains across bot…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 6th June 2017
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Record ID: SOM-22AB88
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted fine grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square in section with rounded corners and an bar shape with one angled end and irregular broken end. Three sides seem smoother from use. It is 88.4mm long, and a maximum of 30.2mm by 25.5mm; it weighs 121 grams. It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th century. A Roman, Medieval or Post Medieval date …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-3F8B8A
Object type: AXEHEAD ROUGHOUT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
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A Neolithic polished flint axehead roughout, probably dating to c. 4000-2400 BC. The axehead is made of a dark grey flint with frequent paler grey/brown patches and areas of cortex on the left edge of the dorsal face and the right edge of the ventral. The axehead is broadly sub-rectangular in shape, tapering from 47.7mm wide behind the blade edge to a squat, rounded sub-triangular butt, 29.1mm wide. It has a pointed oval cross section, at its thickest point around 3/4 of the way down its length at 27.8mm thick. The axehead is missing the edge of the blade itself, with a diagonal line r…
Created on: Thursday 23rd March 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 28th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Penton Grafton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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