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Record ID: YORYM-8B9647
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete polished flint axehead of Neolithic date, c. 4000-2350 BC. The axehead is bi-convex and has a sub-rectangular profile and a pointed oval section. It has a smooth ground surface and a tapered ground curvilinear cutting edge. The axehead terminates at a blunt break part-way along its length. The break bears traces of the same cream discolouration as the outer surfaces, suggesting that the break is old. Small flakes have been lost from both surfaces of the axehead, and one large flake has been lost from the edge of one surface, at the narrowest part of the axehead. The axeh…
Created on: Friday 11th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 18th January 2019
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Record ID: SOM-8AC5F7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A whetstone or hone broken at one end. The surviving portion of the whetstone is sub-rectangular in plan. One long edge of this is straight from which the complete end runs tangentially. The remaining long edge is slightly convex. The end has rounded corners. In section the object has rounded edges. The object thickens slightly towards the complete end. The stone is a fine grained, slightly micaceous, and possibly metamorphic rock, with diagonal veins of quartz running through and across the length of the object. It is predominantly dark grey to brown grey in colour. The hone is brok…
Created on: Friday 11th January 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Record ID: NLM-E333DB
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone polished axe head. A grey-green fine-grained volcanic tuf, here taken to be from Langdale, Cumbria, formed into a polished Group 6 axe head of oval form and section. The finder kindly notes this rounded section contrasts with the facetted edges seen on other examples from the vicinity. Some small chips or surface irregularities may have been inflicted and rubbed down before or during the working life of the axehead. The narrow butt is lightly battered. The primary use as an axe, however, ended with the controlled removal of the cutting edge from the broader end either by batterin…
Created on: Thursday 3rd January 2019
Last updated: Friday 4th January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Barnetby le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-E35D0A
Object type: MACE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Surrey
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large polished stone Neolithic macehead or shafthole adze, 157mm in length and weighing 1.1kg. The object is oval to sub-rectangular in plan, with lenticular or lozenge shaped side profile and oval cross section. The shaft hole is circular in plan with an 'hour-glass' profile, measuring 20 mm in diameter in the centre and expanding to 35.4 mm at each face, suggesting that it may have been drilled from both sides. Both ends have been worked into functional adze-like blades, one is 83mm wide, the other 72mm. This difference may indicate an orientation to the object, with the wider end…
Created on: Monday 10th December 2018
Last updated: Sunday 23rd December 2018
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Record ID: IOW-A9500D
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Neolithic polished flint axehead (c. 2700 BC-c. 2351 BC). This axehead is now sub-triangular in plan and is pointed oval in cross-section. Although the grinding has been sufficiently deep to remove the majority of the flaking scars, some do remain close to the butt on one face. A small area of battering at the butt end may indicate that the axehead had also been used as a hammer. There is also a small area of battering at the top of one of the flake scars close to the polished area. The axehead was probably polished overall as a flattened bevelled edge extends the full l…
Created on: Friday 7th December 2018
Last updated: Friday 21st December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-7CA067
Object type: POLISHER
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine-grained grey sedimentary stone, possible rubber or polisher. A chipped and elongated water-rolled cobble, possibly smoothed on one flat face, chipped, probably more recently. Diagonal lines appearing on the flattened face are the bedding planes of the rock, perhaps here revealed by the use of the stone. This may be an improvised hone or smoother, both categories of object with a broad date range probably extending from the Bronze Age to the Early Medieval period. This was probably noticed and retrieved as a non-local stone, so at all events may have been imported to its find spo…
Created on: Wednesday 5th December 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 5th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-E94D5B
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sandstone, possibly greywacke, whetstone with damaged end. 146 mm in length, 60 mm in width, 30 mm in thickness and 482.1 g in weight. The whetstone is sub-rectangular in plan and in profile and oval in section. Made from a beach pebble, all the edges are rounded, and the surfaces of the implement are generally smooth. The two longer edges are worn smooth and flat through use as a whetstone to sharpen metalwork. One end is worn and pitted through repeated percussion where it was used as a hammer. The undamaged part of the opposite end is similarly pitted by percussion but was subsequ…
Created on: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 12th December 2018
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Record ID: WILT-BD2979
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Neolithic stone axe head, probably dating to c. 4000 - c 2000 BC. The axe head is sub-rectangular in plan, tapering from a crescentic cutting edge to a sub-trapezoidal butt, the axe head is pointed oval in cross section. Both the butt and cutting edge are damaged, the latter probably recently, with an unworn chip and slight crack leading around both faces; the blade is slightly assymetrical. The axhead has been pecked from a dark grey-green stone, with the apex of either face smoothed although with no clear evidence of deliberate polishing. The axe head is probably made of a…
Created on: Monday 26th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 3rd December 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-898E31
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Bradford
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flake from a polished stone axehead of Neolithic date, about 4000 BC - 2200 BC. It is an oval, tertiary flake of stone, probably Langdale tuff, which is a light grey colour with a yellow hint. Most of the dorsal face is a polished surface, with the conchoidal fracture visiable on the reverse, and some flaking round the proximal edge. Langdale axes which have been reworked, or blade chips from them are not uncommon (Leahy, 2014, Recording flint and stone; a guide and protocol). The flake is 29.1mm long, 40.1mm wide and 9.9mm thick. 11.6g.
Created on: Sunday 11th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 27th November 2018
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Record ID: IOW-B7745A
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Neolithic stone axehead (4000 BC-2500 BC). In plan, the sides flare evenly from the butt towards the cutting edge. It is pointed oval in side view and cross-section. This greyish brown axehead is pitted due to weathering except for a few small high spots which are brown and polished. This type of stone does not occur in the Isle of Wight. Length: 149.8mm; width: 56.0mm; thickness: 39.4mm. Weight: c. 420.0g.
Created on: Thursday 1st November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-231993
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~A Neolithic ground and polished axehead. The implement has been extensively chipped and ground into a long elongated sub-rectangular shape in plan that tapers from the cutting edge to the butt which terminates in a rounded point. The blade on the forward edge has been ground into an asymmetrical crescent, this is also the only section to have been polished. The stone is a dark green with an extensive creamy mottling. The axe dates from between circa 3500 BC to 2100BC
Created on: Monday 1st October 2018
Last updated: Thursday 4th October 2018
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Record ID: NLM-C8C5B9
Object type: PLOUGH
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Salmon coloured pebble, possibly quartzite [non-specialist identification by MF]; plough pebble, as kindly identified by Kevin Leahy. Kevin comments: '...this is a 'plough pebble' which had been hammered into the sole plate of a wooden plough. The object type needs to be PLOUGH with plough pebble in the classification. I'd suggest a date of c. 800 to 1400AD. These are important, Niall Brady is working on them'. This corrects an initial identification as a 'polisher' by this reporter; a note on that vague identification and a similar object are now relegated to the notes field below. A…
Created on: Thursday 27th September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-3BAD47
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete ground stone axehead of late Neolithic date, c. 4000 - 2300 BC. The axehead is sub-ovate in plan, narrower at the butt end with a rounded curve to the cutting edge. It has an ovate section. The butt end and cutting edge are damaged, the latter more so. The unpolished nature of the object suggests it was not properly finished. Gabroic, coarse grained, with mica inclusions. The axehead is 99.1mm long, 62.6mm to 39.7mm wide, 37.6mm thick and weighs 400g.
Created on: Thursday 20th September 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-3B9FD3
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete ground or polished stone axehead of late Neolithic date, c. 4000 - 2300 BC. The axehead is sub-ovate in plan, narrower at the butt end with a steep curve to the cutting edge. It has a facetted ovate section with squared off sides. The butt end and cutting edge are damaged. Dolerite, fine grained. The axehead is 107.1mm long, 63.6mm to 35.6mm wide, 31.5mm thick and weighs 332g.
Created on: Thursday 20th September 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-3B85FF
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete stone axehead of late Neolithic date, c. 4000 - 2300 BC. The axehead is sub-ovate in plan, widest at the centre and curving to either end with the butt narrower than the cutting edge. It has an oval section. Gabroic, coarse grained, with mica inclusions. The axehead is c.223mm long, 53.8mm to 69mm to 21.1mm wide, 41.2mm thick and weighs 955g.
Created on: Thursday 20th September 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: GAT-D41A6F
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Gwynedd
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A broken axe head. The find represents the cutting edge end of a Neolithic polished axe head belonging to the Group VII (Graig Lwyd) classification. It is sub-rectangular in plan; tapering towards a transverse break at the point the axe was likely hafted. It seems likely this break occurred in antiquity. In section it is sub-ovate with flattened sides. The blade, mostly intact, bares evidence of use, and has retained a defined edge. The faces of the axe are defined by marks and fractures which vary in intensity. One face bears deeper scars than the other. The axe belongs to the Grou…
Created on: Monday 3rd September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 5th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Llanddeiniolen', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-BB85B7
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Neolithic polished stone axe, 99mm long, 64mm wide and 26mm thick with a weight of 202g. The axe is mostly complete, missing its hafted end, but has also sustained a lot of damage aroud its edges. It is sub rectangular in form and eliptical in cross section. It has a pronounced rounded step just before it drops down to form a blade on one face. It has no obvious facets and is a dark grey/brown, suggesting Charnwood slate.
Created on: Tuesday 21st August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 21st August 2018
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Record ID: CAM-18C7C3
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete fragment of polished Neolithic axehead. This axehead has been broken in half along the linial profile so that only one side of the profile survives. The axehead has also been broken transversely to the butt-end and blade-end. This means that the original shape and cross-sectional shape and profile shape of the artefact has been lost. At least one hinge fracture is present. Damage is also present along both edges.
Created on: Wednesday 1st August 2018
Last updated: Friday 21st September 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-0775C1
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Slightly damaged polished stone axehead of Neolithic date (c. 4000 - 2350 AD). The axehead is formed from grey stone, possibly Langdale tuff. The surface of the object has been weathered and is rough and pitted, to a greater degree on one side than the other. The more weathered side is also darker in colour. There is some brown surface accretion on both sides. The object is broadly rectangular in shape with a lentoid section. It widens slightly at one end and narrows into an unsymmetrically curved cutting edge. The other (butt) end is badly chipped and damaged. The object is 153.5mm in…
Created on: Tuesday 31st July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 1st November 2018
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Record ID: LEIC-6EFC44
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a Neolithic slate axe, 66mm long, 54mm wide, 16mm thick and weighs 71.98g. The axe is sub rectangular in form and cross section. It has a very fragmented, damaged surface and was possibly broken during manufacure? It has a rounded, polished blade which is mostly intact, but all other surfaces are damaged. The object is a pale green/blue colour which may suggest Charnwood slate.
Created on: Tuesday 24th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 24th July 2018
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