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Record ID: NARC-C8C503
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
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An incomplete polished stone Axe-Head of Neolithic date (3500-1500 BC). The object is sub-triangular in plan and lozenge-shaped in section. The object represents the butt or hafting end of a Langdale Axe-Head. The cutting edge and the majority of the body of the object are missing due to a transverse break. The retained portion also has some minor negative scars at both ends however with the exception of these and the transverse break the surfaces are smooth and highly polished and the edges bevelled The stone is grey-green in colour and opaque and is made from a fine-grained silic…
Created on: Friday 5th May 2017
Last updated: Friday 5th May 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-3E7BBE
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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A fine grained compacted pale sandstone whetstone fragment. The remaining fragment is sub-rectagular in shape and has a rounded shape to the outer unbroken face. There are three smooth surfaces worn on the upper unbroken face and the object appears to have been used to sharpen small implements, such as knives. The object fits comfortably into the palm of the hand for the purpose of sharpening implements. The use of probably local stone for sharpening stones is characteristic of the period between the later Iron Age and the middle Saxon period. Other finds from the site would probably m…
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: DOR-369E04
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
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An incomplete ground greenstone axehead. A triangular axehead with flattened sides. The cutting edge is convex and slightly offcentre. The axehead tapers to the broken butt. One face remains convex, the other has been damaged. The cross section is sub-lenticular. The surface has been pecked and ground and is slightly pitted as a result of weathering. The origin is uncertain, but it is possible that it originated on Cornnwall or South Wales. Date: Neolithic - 4000 - 2300 BC Dimensions: 84.03 mm x 36.38 mm x 22.41 mm Weight: 155.76 g
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 16th May 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Owermoigne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-2A974E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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A sandstone whetstone with bevelled end. Trapezoid in plan, sub-rectangular in profile and ovate in section. Made from a local beach pebble, all the edges are rounded and the surfaces of the implement are generally smooth. There are two patches of percussion marks, one on each of the broader surfaces, close to the wider, proximal end of the object. The narrow distal end of the tool has been rubbed smooth from both sides to produce a bevelled edge. The sharp edge of the bevel has been worn through use. There is a small area of pecking at the proximal end of the shorter side edge of the …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2A75D1
Object type: PESTLE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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A fine-grained hammerstone or pestle, sub-rectangular in plan and section and ovate in profile. It is slightly wider at its distal end but fits comfortably in the hand however it is held and appears to have been used to exploit several of its surfaces for different purposes. The slightly flattened ventral face is pecked and uneven, suggesting use as a hammerstone; the distal end is smooth and the right side of the implement, when viewed from the ventral face, is flat and smooth, and it is likely that both of these surfaces have been used for grinding as a pestle. At the junction betwee…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2A69F6
Object type: MULLER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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A muller or rubbing stone with a cup-mark on one side, ovate in plan, sub-rectangular in profile and section. The dorsal face is flat with rounded edges and the two adjacent sides have been shaped by two central, pecked indentations to form a slight waist which enables the implement to be held comfortably in the hand. The original cobble has been split to produce a flat ventral face, resulting in an implement with a wide flat surface which would have been suitable for rubbing or grinding. A pecked indentation, or cup mark, 30 mm in diameter and 4 mm in depth has been formed at the cent…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: SOM-23470E
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Fragment of a worked stone of uncertain date and function, possibly a whetstone as it appears too thin for a quern. The stone is a well cemented and sorted medium to fine grain sandstone. The fragment is roughly triangular with breaks on all sides and flat top and bottom faces. Across one face is a deep, straight, semi-circular sectioned groove running from one side to the other. On the other face is a shallow, curved, similarly sectioned groove which deepens from one edge to the other and may indicate the piece was used with a rotation action. The fragment is 78.7mm long, and a ma…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2316B4
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Fragment of a rotary quern of uncertain date. Made of well cemented and sorted medium to fine grain sandstone. The fragment is part of one side of the quern and does not extend to the middle hole so the dimensions of the entire stone are unclear. The quern stone is flat with a convex rounded edge and one face wider than the other. The wider face meets the side at a sharp angle and is pecked and roughened and presumably the grinding surface. The other face is smooth like the rounded edge. It is 75.6mm long, and a maximum of 67.8mm wide and 36.5mm thick; it weighs 317 grams. The orig…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-22CE2A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted medium grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square to D-shaped in section with rounded corners, particularly two adjacent corners, and a bar shape with irregular broken ends. The more rounded corners are probably from use. It is 38.7mm long, and a maximum of 26.7mm by 24.1mm; it weighs 37.0 grams. It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th centu…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-22AB88
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted fine grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square in section with rounded corners and an bar shape with one angled end and irregular broken end. Three sides seem smoother from use. It is 88.4mm long, and a maximum of 30.2mm by 25.5mm; it weighs 121 grams. It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th century. A Roman, Medieval or Post Medieval date …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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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
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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
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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: DIE STAMP
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone possible polishing stone. A small piece of smooth brick-red stone bears a design resembling [to this Scunthorpe based reporter] 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 c…
Created on: Tuesday 24th January 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 16th May 2017
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