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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: PUBLIC-DED994
Object type: MULLER
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A blue/grey fragment of a mudstone rock. It is a triangular shaped erratic with three smooth faces and with a remaining face that is roughly flaked and chipped.The fragment may have been used as a rubber or muller. Such adventitious use of local erratics from glacial drift is characteristic of periods from Prehistory to the Anglo-Scandinavian period, whereafter imported stones were favoured for such uses. The item could have been used as a smoother for finishing leather or linen textiles. Suggested date: Unknown, Neolithic to Early Medieval, 4000 BC - AD 850. Length 57.6mm, width 56mm …
Created on: Friday 10th February 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th February 2017
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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: LVPL-9C67D6
Object type: SCULPTURE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone head of post-medieval to modern date, c.1800-1950. The original block appears to have been saw cut. The head is naturalistic in its style with large parted lips, a sub-triangular nose, and oval eyes with hollowed out pupils. The brows are ridged and the cheek bones high while the chin has been squared off. The edge of the head is undulating in order to form wavy or undulating hair. The rear of the object is flattened and rough. The stone is mid-grey in colour and has suffered due to weathering. Dimensions: 280mm in length, 140mm in width, 150mm thick.
Created on: Tuesday 7th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 10th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Farndon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-9F49F4
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Bury
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A polished stone adze of prehistoric date, probably Neolithic, formed from a light sandy-brown coloured stone. The stone is very soft and has been polished smooth on each face. It is possibly formed from a sandstone variant. The adze is sub-triangular in plan with a wide cutting edge tapering to a narrow rounded butt end and a sub-square cross-section. The object has a thick convex cutting edge measuring 10mm thick which is rounded and worn. One edge of the cutting edge has been damaged probably in recent times. The cutting edge measures 61mm in width. The sides of the adze are strai…
Created on: Thursday 26th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 26th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Radcliffe', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: PUBLIC-10FB2A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine grained compacted pale sandstone whetstone fragment. The remaining fragment is triangular in shape with a pronounced rounded edge to the unbroken side. There are three smooth surfaces worn on the upper unbroken surface and the object appears to have been used to sharpen small implements, such as knives. The object fits comfortably in 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 make a Roman o…
Created on: Thursday 19th January 2017
Last updated: Friday 20th January 2017
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Record ID: NLM-E0DAE4
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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-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: PAS-8F93BC
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone object, possibly a bead, circular in plan and sub-oval in section, with rounded edges. It is perforated with a small hole (all the way through) its sides. It has on both sides an inscribed image of a deer, facing right. The stone is mottled and dark in colour.
Created on: Friday 13th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd January 2017
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Record ID: BUC-3BBC64
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete stone Roman to early medieval spindle whorl dating from c. AD 43 - 1100. It is biconvex in shape and pierced through the centre with a circular hole measuring 9.4mm in diameter. One of the edges of the object has been broken off and is now worn. One side is flatter than the other. The stone is a grey white colour. The spindle worl measures 31.7mm in diameter, 19.1mm in thickness and weighs 22.68g.
Created on: Monday 9th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd January 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-E4114D
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Nearly complete upper half of a Roman beehive quern, probably dating from the 2nd century AD. The stone is very heavy and dome-shaped with a very worn, but probably formerly fluted upper surface. The bottom is flat. Only a small part is missing, but the central perforation as well as the side hole for the wooden handle are still present. Unmalted grain would have been poured into the vertical perforation at the top whilst there would have been a wooden handle in the horizontal hole for turning the quern stone on top of the lower stone. The rotary quern used circular motions to grind th…
Created on: Thursday 5th January 2017
Last updated: Friday 6th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bootle', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-BC0D03
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete post medieval lead filled granite stone horse tether, most likely dating to the 19th century AD. The stone is very large, heavy, and would have been spherical in shape, but with a flat base (a large fragment of the stone has broken off). On the top of the stone is a recess which is now filled with lead holding an incomplete iron loop and ring in place. Once set, the ring would have been secure enough to safely tether a horse, no matter what size. The attachment of the ring is still visible, but the bands which would have made up the ring have broken off, and do not move …
Created on: Thursday 22nd December 2016
Last updated: Thursday 19th 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: SUR-C3FD71
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A very worn Neolithic axe made from a fine-grained greenish stone of uncertain origin. The axe is greatly damaged by grooves probably caused by modern ploughing.
Created on: Saturday 10th December 2016
Last updated: Friday 23rd December 2016
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Record ID: BH-6B3744
Object type: CARVED STONE
Broad period: MODERN
County: Central Bedfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A carved Serpentine stone cross souvenir dating to the late nineteenth or early twentieth century AD. The stone is based on the cross at Rosemorran in Gulval parish, Cornwall and was probably carved by Mr J E Drew of Penzance. The head of the cross is oval in shape and extends to a rectangular base. The cross is rectangular in section. The head of the cross possesses carved decoration comprising a human figure with arms outstretched. The underside of the cross is plain. Chisel marks are visible on both the underside and the sides of the cross. There is a small, circular piercing measu…
Created on: Tuesday 6th December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 6th December 2016
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