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Record ID: NLM-B42056
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone quern fragment. A tiny sub-pyramidal fragment of a coarse conglomerate rock with quartz and grey rock inclusions in a buff matrix with one smoothed face - taken to be the working face of a grinding stone - and broken on all other sides. The very limited survival leaves it uncertain whether this was from a thin round stone, one of a pair, or from a heftier beehive quern. Suggested date: Unknown, Iron Age to Early Medieval, 800BC-AD1000. Thickness (in excess of): 50mm, Weight: 114.61gms
Created on: Monday 9th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 9th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Amcotts', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CAM-F6D256
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Neolithic polished flint axehead, as this implement is polished all over it is likely to be of early, or middle Neolithic date. This axehead has an pointed-oval cross-section. It weighs 219.89g, has a length of 108.1mm, and maximum width of 62.5mm and maximum thickness is 27.6mm.
Created on: Saturday 30th September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 17th October 2017
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Record ID: KENT-E53F42
Object type: GAMING PIECE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Kent
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A polished stone gaming counter of uncertain date Roman to Modern. Description: The piece is plano-convex with a flat base and a plain convex surface. It is highly polished with a mid grey-brown. Measurements: 17 mm in diameter, 7 mm thick and 4.3g in weight. Discussion: Dating of such simple and plain pieces made of stone are difficult to date and examples are known from Roman sites all the way through to World War I trenches thus a wide date is given here. Such pieces would have been used in a wide range of games such boardgames like chequers and nine man's morris where they'd hav…
Created on: Friday 29th September 2017
Last updated: Friday 29th September 2017
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Record ID: KENT-E3AD5C
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Kent
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An incomplete polyhedral cylindrical emerald (or other beryl) bead, likely of 2nd to 3rd century date. Description: The bead is formed from a naturally facetted hexagonal prism, typical of emeralds and other related beryl gems. The bead has been heavily damaged and a section of it has been chipped and there is fracturing through much of the bead. There is a straight drilled hole through the bead top to bottom. The bead is a deep mid green verging on aquamarine in colour. Measurements: 6.84mm thick, 9.2mm long, 6.94mm wide and 0.82g in weight. Discussion: Dating of plain beads is usu…
Created on: Friday 29th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 9th October 2017
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Record ID: KENT-4DF72B
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A incomplete perforated stone object of Mesolithic or Neolithic date, c.9000-c.2200BC. Description: The mace head is oval in plan and has a central perforation from one side to the other. This perforation is the typical hour glass shape. The surface of the mace has been polished and is very smooth to the touch. The object has fractured and left a rough section on side covering roughly a third of that side. Much of the circumference of the mace is worn and abraded and looks to have been caused by use rather than by post-depositional wear. The stone is a dark red-brown colour and is pro…
Created on: Friday 22nd September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 27th September 2017
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Record ID: KENT-151FD1
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Kent
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An incomplete polished flint polished flint axehead of Neolithic date, c.4000-22000BC. Description: The axehead survives as the butt end and begining of the middle section, likely representing a third of its total length. The butt end is rounded and has an irregular pointed oval cross-section. All sides and faces are polished smooth, though numerous flake scars are only partly polished out. These flake scars may indicate a period of re-edging or similar reworking and further polishing after its inital polishing. The break is angular and likely occured during in antiquity as it is even…
Created on: Tuesday 19th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 27th September 2017
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Record ID: CORN-040757
Object type: HAMMERSTONE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A greywacke pebble hammer or 'limpet scoop', 137 mm long, 50 mm maximum width and 24 mm thick, weighing 217.65 g. A rounded trapezoid in plan, an elongated rectangle in profile and oval in section. There are two linear fissures on one face of the pebble but these appear to be natural; several small linear scratches appear to be recent, possibly the result of plough damage. The narrow end has been damaged by percussion, suggesting that the pebble has been used as a hammer. Bevelled pebble tools of this type have been found at various locations in Cornwall, such as at North Cliffs (Andy …
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 12th September 2017
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Record ID: NLM-FEC0CD
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Compacted Sandstone water rolled cobble, probable whetstone; a sparkling surface indicates the presence of mica or other abrasive constituents in a sandy matrix, and hence suitability as a sharpening stone. This large sub-triangular flat-sided stone has one large flat surface smoothed and dished by wear. Other surfaces are unmodified, though scratches from plough strike appear on all. The use of improvised hones is characteristic of a long period from later Prehistory to the Viking Age. A rock of this size might be used to sharpen large tools such as a scythe or spade iron. It may have…
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Ravendale', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-804A3E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Grey-green fine grained compact Sandstone, possible whetstone fragment, as kindly suggested by the finder. A small and probably water-rolled pebble of sub-rectangular section, possibly dished by wear on one of its wider flat faces, but with no other trace of utilisation. Rounded, probably naturally, at one end, and broken at the other; subsequently abraded. This may be a small or personal hone improvised from a chance discovery from glacial Drift. The use of varied improvised hones, rubbing stones and smoothers was common from later Prehistory to the Middle Saxon period. Suggested date…
Created on: Thursday 31st August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 31st August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Laceby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-800F98
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine-grained compact grey possibly Sandstone with occasional sparkling flecks on its sides; whetstone, as kindly identified by the finder. The material has a superficial resemblance to the volcanic Greenstone used to make Neolithic group 6 axes, and specialist examination of the broken surface might determine whether such an axe may have been reworked and reused in this case. At all events, this is now a straight-sided bar-shaped hone of rectangular section, rounded at one end and broken at the other. All flat surfaces are lightly dished by wear towards the centre of the object; a face…
Created on: Thursday 31st August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 31st August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Laceby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-0027FD
Object type: PENCIL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Slate pencil. A round section rod with chatter marks along a flattened facet, probably machined but worn smooth elsewhere; broken at both ends. This would be a typical item of schoolroom equipment from the later 19th century into the early 20th. Suggested date: Post-Medieval to Modern, 1875-1925. Length: 33.9mm, Diameter: 5mm, Weight: 1.70gms
Created on: Friday 25th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 25th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Walcot', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-9B4225
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
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Grey green tuff polished axehead fragment. A small chip or spall from the cutting edge of a greenstone polished axehead, with more of the stone on one side of the edge than the other. A flat and polished facet one side of the fragment marks the limit of the cutting edge, and indicates that the axe head whence it derives had flattened upper and lower edges. Suggested date: Neolithic, 4000-2700 BC. Length: 23.7mm, Height: 23.2mm, Thickness (of this chip rather than the axe): 6.4mm, Weight: 5.57gms
Created on: Thursday 27th July 2017
Last updated: Thursday 27th July 2017
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Record ID: DENO-60CCE4
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A flint Neolithic polished axehead (c.4000-c.2200 BC). The axehead is patinated with a variety of different colours, including pale grey, light beige, dark grey-brown and orangey-brown. The axehead has a wide curving blade and tapers towards a square-ended butt. It has a thick pointed oval cross-section. Overall, the axehead measures 151.3 mm, 66.2 mm wide, 38.2 mm thick. It weighs 424.77 g. The axehead has some damage along the its top and bottom edges, but the patina on the damaged areas is the same as the polished areas indicating that the damage is ancient.
Created on: Monday 24th July 2017
Last updated: Friday 18th August 2017
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Record ID: DEV-355846
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete perforated cobble "mace head" or pebble hammer of probable Mesolithic to Neolithic date. The mace head is a well rounded oblong in plan, sub-rectangular in profile and sub-oval in cross-section. The perforation is positioned centrally, and was drilled from both faces, resulting in an hour-glass cross section. The perforation is 24.9mm in diameter at the opening, narrowing to c.14mm at the "waist" of the perforation. The mace head has been significantly damaged, with battering to one end resulting in a large concave break between one edge and the perforation, with correspo…
Created on: Monday 10th July 2017
Last updated: Friday 14th July 2017
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Record ID: HAMP-A61754
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete knapped, ground and polished stone axehead of Neolithic date, c. 4000 - 2100 BC. There is significant recent-ish damage to the butt end, with lighter damage (also recent-ish) to the cutting edge. It is triangular in shape with an asymmetrical, shallowly-curved cutting edge and a rounded butt-end. The axehead has a pointed-oval cross-section, measuring 28.2x19.6mm at the damaged butt-end (just before the damage, it measures 43.3x36.4mm). It widens to the cutting edge (78.9mm) and thins significantly over the last quarter of length to c.2mm thick at the very edge. The sides…
Created on: Monday 3rd July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 11th July 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2E639A
Object type: MULLER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine-grained granite elvan muller or rubbing stone. The muller is oval in plan, with two rounded ends, and plano-convex in profile, with a convex upper face and a flat base. The flat, smooth base was used for rubbing, and the upper face convex so that it could be held and pushed across a base for grinding. The muller would have been used with a larger saddle quern to grind grain between the stones to make flour. The granite is fine grained and contains muscovite or mica, tourmaline and felspars. The soft felspars would work into hollows and the hard tourmaline would stand proud of the …
Created on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th July 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2E4F62
Object type: HAMMERSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete greenstone hammerstone. A flattened oval in plan and in section and sub-rectangular in profile. The entire surface has been pecked to form a symmetrical, sub-cylindrical shape which would have been comfortable in the hand, with one face almost flat and the opposite face slightly convex. Both ends have been flattened and are slightly worn through use as a hammerstone. The flatter of the two faces is very slightly worn and may have been used for rubbing whilst the convex face is slightly pitted and may also have been used as a hammerstone. Jones and Taylor (2010) describe two…
Created on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th July 2017
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Record ID: NMS-0F82DA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: NMS-6A485E
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Very large and heavy ground and polished axe of mottled orange and off-white patination with many streaks of iron across both faces. The axe is complete apart from a post-depositional flake removal, some crushing of the cutting edge and a small chip to the butt; this damage reveals whitish grey flint below the patination. Both faces retain some flake scars around the edges but most have been ground smooth along the median ridge, including a hollow on one face; the undamaged part of the cutting edge is still sharp. Both edges are heavily ground to a rounded profile. Donated to Norwich C…
Created on: Sunday 18th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th July 2017
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