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Record ID: NLM-5B5A83
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Chalk possible spindle whorl. Thick cylindrical object with a central drilled aperture of diameter 7.6mm. A circumferentially incised line runs around the outside of the object at an approximately medial position. The line is continuous, visibly passing over areas of abrasion and chipping, and may therefore represent an alteration of an originally plain surface. This might be in the nature of casual whittling, or may signal a change of function - in its present grooved form the object might serve as a yo-yo. For a spindle whorl, the aperture size could admit a Roman or Anglo-Saxon date…
Created on: Thursday 16th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 17th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-47ECF6
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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Micaceous grey fine-grained Sandstone hone [non-specialist identification by MF]. Rectangular flat-sided stone bar with smoothed zones along its longer edges, and lightly bevelled at one end - the other is broken at an angle. The flat sides bear prominently sparkling mica which does not appear on the edges, though these have received more wear. The stone lacks the green or blueish cast of Norwegian schist, and might be a glacial erratic, perhaps originating in Scotland. The use of collected stones for sharpening and rubbing is a feature of all metal-using periods before the Viking inva…
Created on: Wednesday 15th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 17th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-18009D
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Moderately compacted Sandstone, possible weight. Plano-convex sandstone pebble with an hourglass-shaped perforation drilled from both sides, across which it has broken. Of what remains, there are four facets to the convex side of the object, and there is no reason to suppose that the hole was centrally placed relative to whatever form the object had when complete. The rough surface and coarse-grained material distinguish this from the pebble mace heads of the Mesolithic and Neolithic, and it would be difficult to view this unlovely object as either weapon or symbol of power. It is perh…
Created on: Monday 13th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 14th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-AF3E34
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval hone stone of striated pale grey micaceous schist, faces tapering towards terminals. Both ends damaged. Trapezoidal section 21 x 13mm. Length 119mm. weighs 64.63mm. 12th-15th century.
Created on: Wednesday 8th February 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 8th February 2017
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Record ID: NLM-77067E
Object type: POLISHER
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
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Stone possible polishing stone. A small piece of smooth brick-red stone bears the impression of an ammonite fossil on one side. The object may have been collected and used as a rubbing stone or as a source for ground powder, perhaps for cosmetic or medicinal use. Fossils are occasional inclusions in constructed deposits of Anglo-Saxon and earlier date. Red haematite, though a naturally occurring material, is considered to have been used for polishing and finishing metalwork from the Bronze Age until recent times, while similarly coloured Roman Samian pottery may occasionally have been …
Created on: Tuesday 24th January 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 25th January 2017
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Record ID: NLM-E0DAE4
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
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Grey-green hard dense rough-textured gritty probably volcanic stone, polished axehead. The origin of the material is uncertain, probably from Western Britain - Cornwall, Wales and Scotland are among the possible sources, as might be glacial drift found locally but incorporating rocks from distant parts. The rough texture is markedly dissimilar to that of the frequently reported Group 6 axes. The axehead is straight sided with a curved cutting edge which remains as sharp as its gritty material would permit. It is widest at the cutting edge, tapering thence to a rounded butt. The axehea…
Created on: Tuesday 17th January 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 17th January 2017
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Record ID: NLM-E07519
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Grey flint, patinated overall to a pale grey tint, polished axehead fragment. A fragment comprising the polished sides and curved cutting edge of a finely polished flint axehead. The crescentic cutting edge remains sharp, and the aris between its faces continues along one straight side of the axe. The axehead is broken before the start of any narrowing towards the butt. One side remains in its finely finished condition; the other, and the end, are chipped and broken, the latter by a hinged fracture. Most of this damage occurred in antiquity, as an even patina covers both polished and b…
Created on: Tuesday 17th January 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 17th January 2017
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Record ID: NLM-E0588E
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pale grey-green stone, possibly volcanic tuff, polished axehead. A polished axe, probably of Group VI (6) made of stone from Langdale, Cumbria. The axehead is of lentoid section with flattened longitudinal facets along its upper and lower edges, and tapers to a narrow butt. This bears one ancient and several smaller more recent chips. A curving cutting edge is now asymmetrical, probably from differential wear or sharpening; it remains sharp. Pale scratched lines arise from recent abrasion by farm machinery. Suggested date: Neolithic, 4000-2350 BC. Length: 141mm, Width (cutting edge): …
Created on: Tuesday 17th January 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 17th January 2017
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Record ID: NARC-CAA081
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone Mace head of Mesolithic to Neolithic date (9000-1500 BC). The object is composed of half an unfinished pebble mace head. The retained portion of the object is sub-triangular in plan. The lower portion of each side of the object has a semi-circular cavity which indicates that the object was being working in order to be perforated. However the perforation does not appear to have been completed. The object has a transverse fracture resulting in the loss of approximately 50% of the object The perforation would have allowed the object to be hafted. There are no traces …
Created on: Monday 16th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 16th January 2017
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Record ID: LVPL-1B5301
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone, dating to the early Medieval to Medieval period (c.AD 700-1400). The object is broadly triangular in plan tapering in width from the sub-oval pierced end to a rounded point. The wider end or top of the object is pierced with a circular perforation measuring 5mm in diameter. This appears to have been drilled from each face. It is likely that this hone would have been suspended around the neck by means of the hole at one terminal. A fragment of the stone has broken away in recent times at the holed terminal end. Thin horizontal striations or scratches are visibl…
Created on: Wednesday 14th December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 20th December 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skirpenbeck', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-042148
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Surrey
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Mesolithic to Neolithic perforated stone 'mace head' measuring 174 x 124 x 54mm and weighing 1655mm. The original length was about 10mm greater due to damage at one end. The object has utilised a dull red pebble with narrow darker bands. The central perforation is c23mm at it narrowest and c47mm at its surface. The precise purpose of perforated objects such as this is uncertain. It may be that they were intended as symbols of authority although a more practical use cannot be ruled out.
Created on: Tuesday 13th December 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 4th January 2017
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Record ID: GAT-8294F7
Object type: THIMBLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Gwynedd
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Open-topped late Medieval or early Post-Medieval sewing ring, probably dating to the 16th century. The internal surface is smooth, although there are manufacturing stress marks visible in the metal, and some scratches into the surface which have been worn smooth in use. A small casting spur remains visible on the external surface.There are a number of these on the database, namely WILT-5E462D, PUBLIC-43FDC2, and WILT-74E4EG.
Created on: Wednesday 7th December 2016
Last updated: Thursday 8th December 2016
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Record ID: PUBLIC-162BF3
Object type: HAMMERSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A beach pebble with percussion markings in the centre of both faces, perhaps used as a hammerstone. A wide sub-oval in plan, lenticular in profile and an elongated oval in section. The ventral surface shows signs of dense pecking in an approximately circular area around 35mm in diameter. The surface pecking in the centre of the dorsal face is similar in extent but far less dense. The surface of the stone is uniformly pale creamy-grey in colour with multiple striations of red-brown iron carbonate. Made from a greywacke sandstone beach pebble from the Crackington Formation dating from o…
Created on: Friday 2nd December 2016
Last updated: Thursday 12th January 2017
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Record ID: NLM-ECE803
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pale grey local flint of indifferent quality, as kindly identified by the finder; polished axe. A large oval section polished axehead with a curved cutting edge mostly lost to ancient [patinated, in two large flakes] and later impact damage, and tapering to a narrower butt which is similarly damaged, though with some indications of light battering in antiquity. The upper and lower sides of the axe are lightly flattened or facetted. The finder notes that brown lines scratched on the surface represent the action of the ploughshare which has upended and damaged the object in the course of…
Created on: Wednesday 30th November 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th November 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barnetby le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-485AFC
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Polished stone Axehead of Neolithic date (3,350-2,100 BC). The lithic is a polished ingnious rock and is sub-triangular in in plan, and wider at the blade end. The lithic is bi-concave in plan. The blade end is missing due to multiple negative scars possibly caused post-depositionally, however some of the narrowed cutting edge is retained along the mesal portion of the dorsal surface. The stone is grey and cream in colour with a coarse grain, possibly Cornish greenstone.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Last updated: Friday 10th February 2017
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Record ID: NARC-48336B
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Polished stone Axe of Neolithic date (3,550-2,100 BC). The lithic is a polished volcanic stone probably from the Langdale region. The lithic is sub-rectangular in plan, long and narrow with a slightly wider blade end and is bi-convex in section. Both the dorsal and ventral surfaces have multiple negative scars along one edge, most likely cause post-depositionally. The stone is mid-green in colour.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 18th January 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-0E7885
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A whetstone, made from a flat greywacke sandstone beach pebble from the Crackington Formation dating from of the Upper Carboniferous age (332 to 290 million years BP). Sub-oval in plan, both ends having been carefully shaped to a blunted point. The side margins are parallel and both surfaces are flat. All surfaces were polished to produce a completely smooth, polished artefact which is comfortable to hold, with no sharp edges or corners. The two flat faces are very slightly concave, suggesting that the whetstone was not subjected to extensive use and may have been lost soon after it w…
Created on: Monday 7th November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 12th January 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-0E64CA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A broken whetstone, trapezoid in plan, an elongated rectangle in profile and a narrow oval in section. Made from a flat, elongated greywacke sandstone beach pebble from the Crackington Formation dating from of the Upper Carboniferous age (332 to 290 million years BP). Both surfaces and both side margins have been polished to a smooth finish. One side margin is flat, the opposite side margin is curved through repeated use for sharpening metal tools. Both faces are slightly concave. Both ends have been broken off: the proximal end by a single break perpendicular to the side margins. The…
Created on: Monday 7th November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 12th January 2017
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Record ID: YORYM-05794A
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone perforated object, dating to from the Mesolithic to the Bronze Age (c.9,000-1,600 BC). The stone is broadly square in plan, but tapers slightly to a terminal with a worn break. A circular concave area is present on each side just before the break, resulting in the oval cross section narrowing at the centre. This suggests that the stone has been partially perforated. One indent has a dark brown patina on some areas. The other terminal is oval in cross section and also terminates in a worn break. Stuart Ogilvy (geologist) has looked at the stone and belives it is a si…
Created on: Monday 7th November 2016
Last updated: Monday 7th November 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Driffield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-24C7BA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete fine-grained sandstone or siltstone whetstone, rectangular in plan, profile and section. One of the wider faces is smooth and might have been used to sharpen blades, and the opposite face with an ovate recess, 42 mm long, 38 mm wide and 4 mm deep, was perhaps used as an anvil for crushing limpets, nuts or smaller foodstuffs. The finder has also found references to prehistoric stones with similar indentations that have been used as anvils for knapping flint from the Iberian peninsula. There are deep grooves on the smooth face that have been caused by later damage, possibly fr…
Created on: Thursday 27th October 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 9th November 2016
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