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Record ID: PUBLIC-10FB2A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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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
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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-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: 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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Record ID: YORYM-55A842
Object type: AXEHEAD ROUGHOUT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone Neolithic Langdale axehead roughout, dating to the period c.4000-c.2,350 BC. The axehead is an elongated oval in plan, but tapers to the butt end and has a squared cutting edge. It has an asymmertrical cross section, which broadly resembles a pointed oval with a pronounced curve to one hemisphere. Evidence of flaking is visible on both sides, and the surface has been smoothed either through post-depositional processes or as part of the object's fabrication. However, the axehead has not been finished as it has not been polished smooth. Gabriel Cooney inThe Oxford Handbook of Neo…
Created on: Monday 5th December 2016
Last updated: Monday 5th 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: 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: Wednesday 18th January 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: LANCUM-9E4FAF
Object type: HAMMERSTONE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Blackburn with Darwen
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Smooth stone probably dating to the later prehistoric period 3500 to 800BC. Probably quartzite and is sub-oval in plan, lenticular in profile and in section. It may have been used as a hammerstones which are hard cobbles used to strike lithic flakes during the process of lithic reduction or crushing minerals. It may also be a rubbing stone used in the manufacture of hide or within a saddle quern to grind grain. The length is 150mm, the width is 140mm and the weight too heavy for scales.
Created on: Monday 14th November 2016
Last updated: Monday 14th November 2016
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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: NMS-8B7870
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete rotary quern of Roman to medieval date. The fragment is semi-circular, with one transverse break and a series of old breaks around the curved edge. It is D-shaped in section and exhibits a series of incised grooves across the bottom surface. Due to the extent of damage it is not possible to state the original circumference. This form of lava quern was imported into Britain, probably from Germany, from the Roman period to around the 13th century. It is, therefore, difficult to narrow down a date range. Use of querns was largely banned during the medieval period, however, th…
Created on: Tuesday 1st November 2016
Last updated: Friday 13th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Old Buckenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-5C5559
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete, fine-grained sandstone whetstone of unknown date. The object is oval in section and sub-triangular in plan, tapering to a blunt point at one end. The object has broken across the opposite end and the remainder of the whetstone has been lost. Dating of whetstones is difficult as they were used from the later Iron Age to modern times. The location and associated finds suggest an early-medieval to medieval date. The object is 78.99mm in length and 33.58mm x 24.45mm in width. It weighs 71.28g.
Created on: Sunday 30th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 31st October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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