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Record ID: CORN-43C2D5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cornwall
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Slate spindle whorl, circular in plan and flat in profile, 19 mm in diameter, with a circular perforation measuring about 5.5 mm in diameter, weighing 7.3 g. This is unusually small for a spindle whorl of this type, although an undecorated slate spindle whorl of larger diameter (26 mm) but less weight (6.5 g) was found in excavations at Trethurgy (Quinnell, 2004 p 144 no. S30) and dated to the Roman period, although Quinnell states that decorated spindle whorls are more typical of the later Iron Age and 1st century AD, the Round there having been established in the mid-2nd century AD. …
Created on: Thursday 11th May 2017
Last updated: Sunday 21st May 2017
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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: HAMP-35FFA8
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and undatable whetstone, square in cross-section at one end (c.44x45mm with one damaged corner), sloping on one face and narrowing on those to either side to become rectangular in cross-section and extending c.35mm to the break (43x24mm). The fabric is grey in colour and sandy, with numerous micaceous inclusions and orange-brown fissures to the outside surface (probably iron staining). It weighs 272g (to the nearest 2g) and measures 92.7mm in length. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools in…
Created on: Friday 28th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 4th May 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-F41A76
Object type: ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lancashire
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A fragment of a stone that appears to in the form of a claw. It was found in the River Ribble and is water damaged and may have be natural and sculptured by the water. Having said that it does appear to have been worked and is likely to be either an architectural fragment or a component element of a sculpture. Period unknown but possibly post-medieval. The length is 90mm, the width is 48mm thickness 36mm and the weight 203.25g.
Created on: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 25th April 2017
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Record ID: NMS-E1C855
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
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Mesolithic to Early Bronze Age perforated water worn sub-trapezoidal pebble of grey Quartzite with a few slight scrapes of iron oxides, the slightly off-centre hole is formed by pecking a depression on both faces (circa. 30 mm diameter), and then drilled to join up, resulting in an 11 mm hour glass perforation. The two shorter lateral edges are battered and worn, otherwise the pebble is unmodified. "Mace heads" or pebble hammers are an enigmatic object type with many perceived uses, cf. NMS-6EA2F4 for a short discussion, also this was from the same finder, although from a different parish.
Created on: Monday 24th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd May 2017
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Record ID: NMS-8A4BED
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval to post-medieval honestone in a fine grained micaceous grey stone, of sub-square cross-section at one end (24 x 24mm) widening gently to the other (24 x 30.5mm. Length 112mm. 12th - 18th century
Created on: Thursday 20th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 20th April 2017
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Record ID: DENO-78C9B4
Object type: SCULPTURE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone medieval carving (AD c. 1200 - c. 1500), missing a fragment from one corner (a relatively recent break) and fragments from the front (old breaks). The sculpture has been carved into a block of Birchover Sandstone in sunk relief. The left, right and bottom edges of the block project forward further than the figure depicted. The sculpture depicts a man tilting his head upwards and grinning. The sculpting is quite naive so it is difficult to discern exactly what he is wearing. He appears to be wearing a long striped doublet or cassock. Hanging from his neck is a point…
Created on: Friday 7th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 18th 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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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-248F41
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a worked stone rotary quern of unclear form. The fragment is part of the upper stone, probably from a pot quern. The upper face and inner side are irregular with old breaks. It is not clear that any of the central hole or handle hole oe lug survives although some smoother areas at the centre of the break could be part of a hole. The base is broadly flat with an irregular surface for grinding. This surface has probably become more irregular with later damage. The lower part of the side is vertical where it would have sat into the raised lip of the lower stone and also br…
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-23470E
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: DENO-5181C3
Object type: ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A carved stone Sheela-na-gig. The object is made from a roughly rectangular slab of local gritstone, possibly Barrel Edge gritstone. The slab has been carved in relief to depict a crude hag-like, skeletal woman, with legs spread and hands pulling open her oversized vulva. The figure is similar to one from Easthorpe (http://www.sheelanagig.org/wordpress/easthorpe/), now at Castle Museum, Colchester. According to John Billingsley (1998, p.117), Sheela-na-gigs first appear in Romanesque art in Aquitaine, France during the 12th century and quickly spread to the rest of Western Europe. The…
Created on: Friday 24th March 2017
Last updated: Friday 28th April 2017
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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: NLM-FEF31E
Object type: HAMMERSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Quartzite hammerstone, as kindly identified by the finder. Oval waterworn collected pebble utilised as a hammerstone. Both ends are battered, with only scant abrasion elsewhere. The finder, an assiduous local field-walker, notes that this stone does not normally appear in the vicinity. Suggested date: Unknown, Neolithic to Bronze Age, 4000-800 BC. Length: 75.4mm, Diameter: 65.6mm, Weight: c.325gms
Created on: Monday 20th March 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 21st March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barnetby le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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