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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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Record ID: NLM-3B7C8B
Object type: POLISHED KNIFE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
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Pale grey flint polished knife fragment. A large flake from a bifacially polished possibly discoid or lunate knife, bearing a high polish covering one side, and the cutting edge and adjacent polished surface on the other, now disrupted by broad flakes which were apparently removed by unidirectional hard hammer working. The fine finish has been achieved despite the mediocre quality of a variegated flint, probably collected from the Wolds of Lincolnshire or East Yorkshire. The possibly deliberate damage to one side of the knife is an unusual feature. Suggested date: Late Neolithic, 2700-…
Created on: Thursday 23rd March 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Scawby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-24FB73
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone Axehead of late Neolithic date (2350-1550 BC). The object is sub-rectangular in plan and ovate in section. The axe had a squared off butt-end expanding out towards the rounded blade end. In profile the axe is lenticular; It has been ground to increase the curve towards the pointed blade end, and the butt-end is rounded off. The axe is widest at the blade end. The blade end has a section missing in the form of a large negative scar. The stone is igneous rock, the origin of which is uncertain, probably from Western Britain - Cornwall, Wales and Scotland are among th…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Kettering', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-ED6494
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete post medieval copper alloy 4 ounce stacking trade weight of the Commonwealth dating to AD 1649-1660. The trade weight comprises a disc which has been ground down on one side leaving a rim around the edge. In the centre is a circular depression used to hold the weight while it was being ground. There are three stamps in the depressed area (a) a shield (stamped out by four small squares) for St. George and the commonwealth (b) the sword of St Paul for the City of London and (c) the letter A standing for the Averdepois system, and (d) a ewer for the Founders' Company of Londo…
Created on: Tuesday 7th March 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd March 2017
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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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
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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: BERK-866318
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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A fragment of an early medieval copper alloy brooch, probably part of a cruciform brooch or possibly a great square headed brooch, dating from the 6th century AD. The fragment is an irregular triangular shape, with old breaks on all edges. A lip on the upper part fo the fragment suggests a curved mid-bow section, as is seen on both brooch styles mentioned above. No decoration survives on the corroded surface. The reverse retains much of the large catchplate., which would have been located roughly halfway down the bow.
Created on: Monday 6th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th March 2017
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Record ID: NLM-77067E
Object type: POLISHER
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: DOR-D30826
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small bifacially worked flint axehead with parallel sides and a much-damaged cutting edge. The butt is abruptly tapered to a break. The piece comprises of reworking of a broken ground and polished axe, some areas of original ground surface and edge remain visible. The flaking ranges from shallow to moderately steep. It has a pointed oval cross-section. The surface is irregularly patinated with white re-cortification on one side only possibly reflecting variations in composition of the natural flint, and has a mid-gloss patina. There are common red-brown ferrous stains mainly along fl…
Created on: Wednesday 4th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd February 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
Spatial data recorded.


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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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