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Record ID: SF-BB954E
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A mostly complete puddingstone 'beehive' type quern dating to the Late Iron Age or early Roman period, c. 1-160 AD. Ground from a grey conglomerate with large orange, pinkish and black flint inclusions, the quern has suffered some minor losses to its edge though is otherwise preserved in reasonable condition. It is broadly circular in plan and domed, with angled sides that give it a 'beehive' like appearance. It demonstrates a central circular aperture, though this is now clogged at its upper edge with a large broken flint nodule which has apparently been jammed in the aperture- whethe…
Created on: Thursday 21st December 2017
Last updated: Friday 22nd December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cavendish', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-D69A09
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint possible edge-polished fragment. A chunk of lentoid section with an apparently curving cutting edge with polishing immediately adjacent to it, but otherwise bearing the scars of covering scalar working entailing hard hammer removal of a small number of large flakes. Though the putative cutting edge is crisp, the object is broken c.40mm behind it. All surfaces, including the putative fracture surface, are identically covered by a dense creamy patina and are iron stained, features suggesting a prolonged exposure to a calcareous environment followed by incorporation in gravels. This…
Created on: Tuesday 28th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 14th December 2017
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Record ID: NARC-55E9DB
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete perforated stone hammer, or 'mace head' of Mesolithic to Neolithic date (9000-2200 BC). The object was originally been sub-ovate in plan, with a circular perforation with a typical hour glass shape. The upper and lower surfaces are convex, tapering towards a central edge. Approximately 50% of the object is missing due to a transverse fracture across the centre of the object. The retained face 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 probably quartzite. The Br…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Kettering', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-442B33
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mid to late Neolithic polished flint hand axe. The axe has a sub rectangular form and an oval cross section and is missing its butt and blade. It tapers in width towards the butt, with a swollen central section and then flattens and widens towards the blade. It has chamferred, flattened edges. Its remaining surface has been ground and polished. The material is probably Charnwood flint, given its beige-brown colouration. Length: 119 mm, width: 62 mm, thickness: 26 mm, weight: 233 g.
Created on: Tuesday 21st November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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Record ID: BUC-EFF2B1
Object type: COIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Milton Keynes
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy Roman nummus from the House of Valentinian, dating from 364-78 AD, Reece period 19. SECVRITAS REI PVBLICAE reverse type depicting Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. Mint of Arles.
Created on: Friday 17th November 2017
Last updated: Friday 12th January 2018
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Record ID: WAW-9A8B77
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron Age to Roman (possibly -200 to AD 400) probable re-used quern fragment: The stone is probably sandstone with fine to medium sized inclusions which are rounded, white and pink coloured. The base is a sub-trapezoid with broken and abraded edges. The base is worn flat and smooth. In section the quern is a sub semi-circle. 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 62.94mm long, 74.66mm wide across the smooth side face and 38.72mm thick. It we…
Created on: Monday 13th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th November 2017
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Record ID: NLM-33479A
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Brown igneous stone; polished axe fragment. A large chip comprising about half the cutting edge and a short length of one side of a polished stone axe. The upper or lower edge is flattened, giving a facetted edge to a lentoid section. The other edges are broken unevenly with jagged fracture surfaces. The finder kindly suggests the brownish tint to be different from that of the commonly reported Langdale axes, though these can appear in a range of colours; the object would require thin section to clarify its geological origin. Suggested date: Neolithic, 4000-2350 BC. Length: 63.5mm, He…
Created on: Friday 27th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 30th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barnetby le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DUR-DFD949
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Stockton-on-Tees
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A polished adze head, of unusual type and unknown origin. The polished adze or axe head is made of a dark grey-green, dense, probably volcanic, stone which has been ground and polished. The stone is possibly a type of greenstone called argillite, soft enough to shape yet durable in use.The object has an unusual profile, being quadrangular in shape with a wide, tapered flat form. There is a single curved bevel, the edge of which remains complete and sharp. The head tapers towards the 'pecked' butt which shows some damage, revealing the rough texture of the original stone. The object s…
Created on: Monday 23rd October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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Record ID: NLM-F7D023
Object type: AXEHEAD ROUGHOUT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Grey-green stone possible polished axe roughout. An oval pebble of biconvex lentoid section with opposed curving edges, one more regular than the other, and with a rough and uneven surface. The finder kindly suggests this to be a possible Neolithic polished axe head fragment, though the rough surface would be more likely on a later stone 'battle axe' or maul. The form and profile are, however, reminiscent of a polished axe head. This stone might have been recovered from glacial Drift rather than from one or other of the attested sources of polished axes. Associated worked flints were m…
Created on: Thursday 12th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: YORYM-4C1CF5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete stone whetstone of unknown date (c. 800 BC - 1900 AD). The whetstone is sub-rectangular in plan with a D-shaped section as it is flat on the bottom and rounded on the top. The whetstone has been broken at one end leaving a rough surface. The bottom surface is also rough while the top surface is relatively smooth on two sides and slightly pitted on the other. The stone is dark brown in colour with light brown patches. The length of the whetstone is 36.99mm with a width of 19.07mm and a thickness of 14.78mm. The weight of the whetstone is 19.96g. Whetstones are difficult to …
Created on: Wednesday 4th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 25th October 2017
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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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: DENO-275A34
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A polished axehead of Neolithic date (3500-2100 BC). It is formed from a fine-medium grained stone (some grains smaller than 1mm, possibly a diorite or dolorite). The surface has a pecked appearance. There is damage at the butt end and two large chips near the tip, this damage is partially smoothed. The object is oval in section and tongue-shaped in plan, Length: 126 mm, maximum width: 59 mm, thickness: 35 mm. Weight is 465 g.
Created on: Friday 8th September 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd November 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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