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Record ID: NARC-5BAC8D
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. The lithic is bi-convex in plan with a minor amount of bevelling to the left and right hand edges. The blade end is missing due to an abraded transverse break, possibly caused post-depositionally. The stone is dark grey in colour with a coarse grain. Length: 73.54mm, Width: 59.00mm, Thickness: 18.07mm, Weight: 85.8g.
Created on: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 18th April 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-36B0EE
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of whetstone of unknown date. Description: The object is made from a fine-grained, quartz-rich sandstone, is sub-rectangular in section and trapezoidal in plan, broken across both ends. There are several lines scored across one surface, typical of those found on many whetstones and part of the sharpening action. Measurements: Length78.51mm, width 48.29mm, thickness 23.89mm, weight 121g Discussion: 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 early post-medieval…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-A1DB34
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Perforated stone fragment of unknown date. The stone is a pure chalk, cream in colour, with a rough surface. The fragment is irregular in shape and appears to have been broken in half: one half of a circular perforation is apparent. This narrows from one side to the other, suggestion that it has been bored through from one side. It is uncertain whether the perforation is a result of natural or human processes. The finder believed this object to be part of a weight, possibly to do with thatching. It was found in an area with a great deal of early medieval finds and known Scandinavian se…
Created on: Tuesday 27th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 27th March 2018
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Record ID: CORN-1728DA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Schist spindle whorl, circular in plan and biconical in profile with a central perforation that is 9 mm in diameter and 9 mm deep and slightly waisted in profile. The centre of the whorl is 9 mm in thickness and it tapers to a narrow edge which is on average about 4 mm thick. The schist is grey in colour with small specks of reflective mica and darker platy elongated minerals which could be hornblende or graphite as these are typical inclusions. The edges of the whorl have broken away through wear or damage, as the schist fractures along its planar layers. The surface is pitted and cra…
Created on: Tuesday 20th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st March 2018
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Record ID: WREX-FA01F8
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possible gaming piece or unfinished slate spindle whorl, of unknown date.The object is circular in plan with a small indentation at the centre on one side that appears to be the start of a drilled hole.The edges have clearly been carefully rubbed smooth. Diameter: 38.1mm; thickness: 5.7mm; weight: 15.3g
Created on: Monday 19th March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 12th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-273AA4
Object type: POLISHER
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A brown quartzite water rolled cobble possible polisher or rubber of unknown date, but the date range could be Iron Age to Medieval (c. 800 BC - AD 1000). The object is an oval-ended pebble fragment with a flattened and highly polished edge. A similar example recorded on the PAS database is: NLM-FB075D. As Foreman (2015) states, the use of various erratic stones as improvised rubbers, polishers, grinders and sharpeners was common from Prehistory through to the end of the Early Medieval period. The overall dimensions are as follows: 35.31mm in length, 41.67mm in width, 17.73mm in th…
Created on: Friday 9th March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 15th March 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-19779A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine grained compacted pale sandstone whetstone fragment. The remaining fragment is sub-rectangular and rounded on the unbroken face. There are four smooth surfaces worn on the 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 probable 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 or later date most l…
Created on: Thursday 8th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th March 2018
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Record ID: NLM-11BD2A
Object type: HAMMERSTONE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Brown fine-grained sandstone water-rolled cobble, hammerstone. An oval cobble with an ancient chip towards one end, subsequently smoothed by wave, water or erosive wind action. The narrower end bears a zone measuring c.50mm by c.40mm of tiny indentations which appear pale r and rougher than the rest of the surface. The finder credibly suggests this to result from the use of this object as a hard hammer to work flint, and the object was indeed reported along with a range of flint-working debris. As most of this accompanying material is ascribed a Late Mesolithic date, this seems apt he…
Created on: Thursday 8th March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 8th March 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bracebridge Heath', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-FF0F8C
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Neolithic stone polished axehead. The axehead is made from brown coloured stone. There is a small segment chipped off at the end of the butt and the opposite end, where it would have been hafted, is very rough. The stone is noticabely darker one one side of the haft section than the other. The axe is oval in cross-section and the cutting edge is worn but still has a small point.
Created on: Wednesday 7th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 27th March 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-FDCD38
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone pendant whetstone of probable early medieval date (c. 800 - 1100 AD). The whetstone is a long rectangular cuboid in shape with a surface that has been worn smooth through use. A rectangular flat projection of stone extends from the top; this is perforated with a circular hole so that the object could be worn as a pendant. The whetstone is dark purple in colour. It is 52.55mm in length, 13.93mm in width and 6.87mm in thickness. It weighs 8.79g. Portable whetstones of this form were used in the Bronze Age as well as the early medieval and medieval periods. An early medieval date i…
Created on: Wednesday 7th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 27th March 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-FC7AE6
Object type: PLOUGH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone object which has been interpreted by the finder as an early medieval plough pebble (c. 600 - 1100 AD). The pebble is red quartz and has a smooth surface. One end is domed while the other end has been worn into a flat convex surface, with linear striations running across the face. The length of the object is 31.68mm, it is 30.24mm in width and 27.72mm in thickness. It weighs 30.06g. Plough pebbles were hammered into the mould-boards of wooden ploughs to protect them from abrasion, which accounts for the wear and striations of this example. The exact date of the introduction of th…
Created on: Wednesday 7th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 27th March 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-E7D43A
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment from a polished stone axehead of Neolithic date (c. 4000 - 2350 BC), made from stone from Langdale, Cumbria. The fragment is light green in colour, with a smooth polished surface. The fragment seems to be from the butt end of the axehead; a small section of tapered edge from the butt end is evident, as well as one side edge. Much of the original face survives on one side but is largely missing on the other. Overall, the axehead appears to have been pointed oval in section. The fragment is 38.47mm in length, 47.89mm in width and 17.93mm in thickness. It weighs 36.59g. Langdale…
Created on: Tuesday 6th March 2018
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-E78C4D
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment probably from the butt end of a polished stone axehead of Neolithic date (c. 4000 - 2350 BC). The fragment is tapered at the edge but widens rapidly. It has a pointed oval section. A portion has broken off to the side of one of the faces. The original surface of the object is smooth, while the surface of the breaks is rough. The butt edge is slightly chipped. The fragment is 50.97mm in length, 30.72mm in width and 34.48mm in thickness. It weighs 38.96g.
Created on: Tuesday 6th March 2018
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-E755D0
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment probably from the blade end of a polished stone axehead of Neolithic date (c. 4000 - 2350 BC). The fragment appears to be the corner of the blade end of the axehead, with a diagonal break at the top of the fragment. A section of the tapered curved cutting edge is evident and a side edge, which is set at an angle suggestive that the object flared towards the blade edge. Enough can be made out to infer that the overall section of the object would have been oval. The stone is rough with quartz inclusions. The fragment is 52.61mm in length, 25.86mm in width and 24.49mm in thicknes…
Created on: Tuesday 6th March 2018
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-6BBCE3
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Unfinished pebble mace head dating to the Mesolithic or Neolithic (c. 9000 - 2200 BC). The mace head is a rounded oval in form with a smooth surface. It is fashioned from a red stone, possibly quartzite. Circular depressions on either side of the object attest that attempt has been made to perforate it through the centre, but has been abandoned. The object is 63.11mm in length, 52.20mm in width and 23.72mm in thickness. It weighs 118g. There are many completed examples on the database, including: KENT-4DF72B, SUR-042148 and NMS-6EA2F4. The precise function of these objects remains eni…
Created on: Wednesday 28th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 27th March 2018
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Record ID: NMS-58A59E
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a Rhineland lava quern of unknown date, all edges broken, one face tooled, thickness 35mm, weight 378g. Roman or Middle Saxon to medieval.
Created on: Tuesday 27th February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 28th February 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-03C3AA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Rochdale
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine grained sandstone cobble which has been used as a whetstone on three faces, of unknown date, Bronze Age onwards (2350 BC - AD 1900). The stone is fine grained and is a pale yellow grey colour. It is rectangular in plan, sub-rectangular in cross-section and has rounded ends. One long face is extremely worn; polished and concave. The two neighbouring long faces are also polished, but not as much. It is 140.7mm long, 52.5mm wide and 43mm thick. 612g.
Created on: Friday 23rd February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Record ID: NLM-D6615D
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone possible whetstone. A small dense compact dark grey pebble of triangular section with rounded ends and sharply defined arises between its flat faces, probably initially formed by wind erosion in a dusty or icy environment. One side, however, is lightly hollowed, probably by wear arising from use as a sharpening stone, and handling may have contributed to the smooth finish of other surfaces. The use of improvised whetstones, often recovered from Glacial Drift, was characteristic of a long period from Prehistory, through the Roman period, and up to the Viking Age introduction of s…
Created on: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-450DED
Object type: POLISHED AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Grey-green stone polished axehead fragment. A thin sliver chipped - probably by plough-strike - from a polished stone axe, probably of Langdale Group 6. A small patch of the polished surface remains on one side along with more extensive fracture surfaces; it has a curved edge, though whether this points to an origin from close to the cutting edge remains uncertain. Suggested date: Neolithic, 4000-2350 BC. Length: 35.6mm, Width: 27.6mm, Thickness: 4.9mm, Weight: 6.29gms.
Created on: Wednesday 14th February 2018
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-9B27DB
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete, struck / knapped quartzite pointed biface handaxe of Lower and / or Middle Palaeolithic dating (c. 800, 000 BC to c. 250,000 BC). The biface has good evidence of working on both interior (upper) and exterior (lower) faces, making it a biface handaxe (Graf, A., 2004, 84). Approximately 75% of the total surface has been worked, with the original surface or cortex covering the remaining 25% of the surface. The interior face has been fully worked. The biface has an ovoid shape with a slight tapering towards the tip, with a rounded thick profile which thins at the tip. Th…
Created on: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th February 2018
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