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Record ID: NMS-1EBEE1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably medieval hone stone of rectangular cross-section, thinning gently from one broken end to an unbroken, rounded end. The stone is slightly close-grained, micaceous and pale grey brown. Extant length 63mm. Width 18.6mm. Thickness 9.8 - 9mm. 12th - 15th century. Finder's no. GR7
Created on: Saturday 28th February 2015
Last updated: Saturday 28th February 2015
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Record ID: NMS-DB9F8C
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a probably medieval hone of pale grey micaceous stone, split longitudinally and broken across on end. The cross-section was probably sub-rectangular, and tapering from the finished end. On the one surving braod surface there are five short longitudinal lines of rust, presumably from use with an iron tool. Extant length and thickness 55 and 11.5 - 9mm. Width 28.5 - 23mm. Weight 32g. Perhaps 12th - 15th century. Finder's no. GW3
Created on: Wednesday 25th February 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 25th February 2015
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Record ID: PAS-611B78
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A stone spindle whorl of possible medieval date. It is of flattened biconvexform, higher in one half than the other. The circumference is also flattened. The fabric is fine grained and of light-grey colour. It features incised concentric decoration in the form neat concentric rings (turning lines) on both surfaces. The central hole measures c. 8.1mm in diameter. On the higher half the object has suffered a loss adjacent to the hole. The stone is calcareous and probably a siltstone/mudstone. Geoff Egan (1998, 255ff.) suggests that the cheaper, possibly home-made, ceramic and bone spindl…
Created on: Thursday 19th February 2015
Last updated: Monday 23rd February 2015
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Record ID: NLM-CC5855
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine grained Sandstone possible Whetstone fragment. A flat-sided water-rolled cobble with both flat surfaces apparently smoothed or dished by wear, which may extend to one slightly concave side. Broken at one end. The improvised use of various stones from glacial drift for sharpening or rubbing stones is characteristic of the Roman and Early Medieval periods until the Viking Age, when Scandinavian stones from the Telemark region became widely available. Suggested date: Unknown, Roman to Early Medieval, 43-850. Length: 76.6mm, Width: 57mm, Thickness: 24.1mm, Weight: 159.18gms.
Created on: Thursday 12th February 2015
Last updated: Friday 13th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-A2477F
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Perforated stone pebble, possible Prehistoric stone pebble hammer or mace-head of Mesolithic or Neolithic date The mace-head is made on a water-rolled pebble and is complete (with a length of 126.6mm, a maximum width of 85.7mm, a maximum thickness of 33.3mm and a weight of 558.1g). The perforation is off-centre and has a pronounced hour-glass profile (with diameters at the faces of 31mm and 33mm and a minimum diameter of 9.0mm). There is evidence of pecking on the sides of the perforation, which are now well-worn, probably through subsequent water action, rather than rubbing from a h…
Created on: Tuesday 10th February 2015
Last updated: Thursday 19th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-A2177B
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic polished stone axehead dating from c. 3,500 to 2,200 BC date. The axehead is complete and is comparatively small (with a length of 109.0mm and a weight of 146.2g). The butt is comparatively wide (at 35mm), giving the axe a trapezoidal form and has a very gentle curve. The sides are straight and gradually divergent, reaching a maximum width (of 45.5mm) at the blade. Both faces are deeply convex giving the axe a pointed-oval body section. The axe reaches its maximum thickness (of 23.2mm) near the blade edge (27mm from the edge). The axe was flaked and then partially polished,…
Created on: Tuesday 10th February 2015
Last updated: Thursday 19th February 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-0A9F29
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A chert arrowhead which is probably not an archaeological British example, and is thus of unknown date and origin. The chert is an opaque yellow grey colour and is not patinated. It is triangular in plan, with two notches chipped into the sides to form the tang. There are no projecting barbs. The tang is wide and is rounded.The arrowhead is triangular in section. The tertiary flake is bifacially worked with short, scaled, semi abrupt retouch which is restricted to the margins, only extending further on to the surface on the tang. The round tang and extremely short or absent barbs are n…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd February 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 4th February 2015
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Record ID: HESH-BA7963
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A stone spindle whorl probably dating to the later prehistoric to later post medieval date (3000 BC - AD 1700) made of a course sandstone. It is circular in plan and sub-rectangular in cross-section. The object has a regular hour glass shaped pierced hole through the whorl and this is set slightly off centre. The shape of this hole would suggest that it has been achieved by drilling from each side. The object has an even mid-brown patina. Egan (1998) states that spindle whorls were used from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period and that the cheaper, possibly home-made ceramic …
Created on: Friday 30th January 2015
Last updated: Monday 23rd February 2015
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Record ID: NLM-FB075D
Object type: POLISHER
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Brown Quartzite [non-specialist identification by MF] water rolled cobble possible polisher or rubber. An oval-ended pebble fragment with a limited flattened and darker area, most clearly distinguished from the rest of the surface by the removal of tiny pale naturally formed abrasion scars which cover the rest of the object. The use of various erratic stones as improvised rubbers or grinders and sharpeners was common from Prehistory through to the end of the Early Medieval period. Suggested date: Unknown, possibly 800 BC-AD 1000. Length: 50.0mm, Width: 43.5mm, Thickness: 26.1mm, We…
Created on: Wednesday 21st January 2015
Last updated: Thursday 22nd January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kelstern', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-E70566
Object type: AXEHEAD ROUGHOUT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A stone axehead roughout made from Langdale epidotized tuff stone and dating from the Neolithic Period, 4000 BC - 2350 BC. The roughout is ovoid in plan and sub-rectangular in profile, with a sub-rectangular section at one end, and a sub-oval section at the other. The roughout has knapped edges at the rounded, oval-sectioned end and it is roughly axe-shaped, but it was not completed. The faces are still flat and unworked in most places, and the surface is rough: is has not been polished. Work was discontinued and the roughout was discarded for unknown reasons. The roughout can be com…
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Last updated: Monday 23rd February 2015
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Record ID: NLM-E5FD8E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Compacted fine Sandstone [non-specialist identification by MF] water rolled cobble possible whetstone. Oval-ended pebble broken at one end. The object now bears a sooty looking deposit. The use of various erratic stones as improvised rubbers or grinders and sharpeners was common from Prehistory through to the end of the Early Medieval period, when access to better sharpening stones from Scandinavia led them to dominate the market. It is, however, possible that the limited wear on this example is the result of accidental or natural processes. Suggested date: Unknown, possibly 800 BC-AD
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 21st January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kelstern', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-E5E958
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Compacted fine Sandstone [non-specialist identification by MF] water rolled cobble possible whetstone. Oval-ended pebble broken at one end. One face is smoothed by (presumably) longitudinal wear. The object now bears a sooty-looking deposit. The use of various erratic stones as improvised rubbers or grinders and sharpeners was common from Prehistory through to the end of the Early Medieval period, when access to better sharpening stones from Scandinavia led them to dominate the market. It is, however, possible that the limited wear on this example is the result of accidental or natura…
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 21st January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kelstern', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-9229F9
Object type: ROTARY QUERN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medium grained and poorly compacted Sandstone possible rotary quern fragment. Sub-rectangular chip of sandstone with a possibly smoothed and chamfered curving edge at one end. The other end and all sides are flat, and one (top or bottom) face as illustrated bears a single diagonal groove, possibly adventitious damage. The curved end may suggest an origin in the flat top stone of a rotary quern. None of the faces is smoothed so as to suggest use as a hone or rubber - if this was a fragment of a broken quern shaped to form such an object, there is no trace of its use. The use of vaguely…
Created on: Friday 16th January 2015
Last updated: Monday 19th January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kelstern', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-7DEDAA
Object type: MULLER
Broad period: UNKNOWN
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Brown fine-grained possible Sandstone muller fragment. Cobble with probably wind-blown-sand smoothing of its five irregular sides. A larger flat surface on one side may be smoothed by rubbing or grinding. The opposite side is also flat, but as a recent exposure due to the stone having split along its bedding planes. Improvised stone rubbers and grinders are particularly associated with the period between later Prehistory and the Early Medieval period, though they might of course be used before and after those dates. Suggested date: Unknown, Iron Age to Early Medieval, 800 BC - AD1100. …
Created on: Thursday 15th January 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 11th February 2015
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Record ID: NMS-63C478
Object type: MILLSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably post-medieval millstone of grey granite. The edge has been trimmed back for re-use, perhaps an anchor. The lower face is smoothed through use. The central hole, diameter 7.5mm, widens at the top to a diameter of 11mm. Diameter of the whole 495 - 500mm. Thickness 135mm. Weight not taken.
Created on: Wednesday 14th January 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 14th January 2015
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Record ID: DOR-4D96B8
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A tertiary flake of Portland chert. Dark grey opaque chert with a low-gloss patina. The proximal end has a small striking platform and there is a well defined, small bulb of percussion with bulbar scar on the ventral face.The waves of percussion are visible on the ventral face. There are numerous parallel flake removals, in two directions of working, on the dorsal face which are indicative of blade production. The flake is from a core with two opposing platforms. The force of the hard hammer or indirect strike has twisted at the distal end, plunging along the lip of the opposed platfor…
Created on: Tuesday 13th January 2015
Last updated: Monday 23rd February 2015
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Record ID: DOR-38C993
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two tertiary flakes of Portland chert. Mid to dark grey opaque chert with a low-gloss patina. Both are fragments of probable bladelets. The proximal ends only with small striking platforms and diffuse bulbs of percussion with bulbar scars.The waves of percussion are visible on the ventral faces. There are parallel flake remocvals on the dorsal faces. Both are broken or snapped off at the distal end. Date: Probably Mesolithic to Early Neolithic- c. 10000 to 3500 BC Dimensions: 1] 31 mm x 14 mm x 4 mm 2] 23.5 mm x 17 mm x 3.5 mm Weight: 1] 2g 2] 2g
Created on: Monday 12th January 2015
Last updated: Thursday 22nd January 2015
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Record ID: DOR-387A5C
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A probable handaxe. A pointed plano convex handaxe made on a large flake of orange-brown Greensand chert. A relatively small striking platform at the proximal end and a large diffuse bulb of percussion. The dorsal face has several flake removals along the edges,shaping it to a blunted point at the distal end and giving it a central longitudinal ridge producing a sub-triangular cross section. There is some recent edge damage and abrasion which is consistent with a beach findspot. Date: Probably Lower Palaeolithic - c. 500000 to 150000 BC Dimensions: 111 mm x 58.5 mm x 29 mm Weight: 179 g
Created on: Monday 12th January 2015
Last updated: Monday 23rd February 2015
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Record ID: DEV-338043
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone perforated objectof Medievalto Post Medieval date. The itemis roughly circular in plan and has two flat, plain faces. A circular perforation measuring c.8mm in diameter runs through the centre. It is possible to see lines caused by drilling through the stone to fashion the perforation. The perforation has been drilled from each side causing the perforation to have an hour glass profile. It is possible that the perforated object is a net-sinker (pers.comm. K.Leahy, February 2015).The fabric is a greyish-red colour with a few micaceous inclusions. The objectis c. 50mm in diameter…
Created on: Tuesday 30th December 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 24th February 2015
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Record ID: CORN-EB48C4
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Incomplete greenstone (epidiorite) shafthole adze, sub-oval in plan, tapering slightly towards the surviving end, and lozenge-shaped in profile and section. About half of the adze remains, including the blade end, and half of the shaft hole. Both ends would have been worked to form an edge which could have been used for chopping as well as hammering. The implement has been worked from a beach cobble and would have been collected from the coast. It would have then been pecked and ground into shape and the central hole bored by using sand and a drill. The shaft hole is semi-circular in …
Created on: Saturday 27th December 2014
Last updated: Monday 23rd February 2015
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