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Record ID: DENO-5181C3
Object type: ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
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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 to depict a crude hag-like, skeletal woman, with legs spread and hands pulling open her vulva. 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. They became popular in Ireland after the 15th century, where the depiction of them became more caricatured. Overall, it measures about 715mm long, 425m…
Created on: Friday 24th March 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th March 2017
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Record ID: NARC-24FB73
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
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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
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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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Record ID: NMS-96A7C0
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Abraded fragment of the upper stone of a Rhineland lava rotary quern of unknown date, with a part of the edge present, one face flat and roughly finished, the other concave and smoothed through wear, thickness 20mm increasing to 27mm at the edge, weight 175g, diameter very approximately 300mm. Roman or Middle Saxon to medieval. Surface finds from the immediate surrounds suggest that a Roman date is most likely.
Created on: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 15th March 2017
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Record ID: NLM-689B55
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MODERN
County: North Lincolnshire
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Reconstituted stone or carborundum possible whetstone fragment. One end of a moulded rectangular object in a dense dark grey material. A panel with bevelled edges is moulded on one side of the object. There are no traces of use or wear. Suggested date: Modern, 1900-1950. Length: 25mm, Width: 30.6mm, Thickness: 13.3mm, Weight: 19.80gms.
Created on: Monday 13th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-688709
Object type: ROOF TILE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
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Sandstone roof tile fragment. A small chip from a stone roof tile with a drilled peghole of diameter 11.5mm. Wallace Collyer of the North Lincolnshire Pottery Research Group kindly identified this object. Occasional stone tile fragments appear in the regional archaeological record from the 14th century onwards, though fired clay roof tile dominated in the area. Suggested date: Late Medieval, 1350-1500. Thickness: 11.0mm, Weight: 14.21gms
Created on: Monday 13th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th March 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-1BC8EF
Object type: MULLER
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sub-rectangular fragment of a very finely grained sandstone rock. The fragment has four smooth sides. It is rounded at the top and the bottom is rough from an old break. The fragment is a pinkish/beige colour. 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 Me…
Created on: Thursday 9th March 2017
Last updated: Friday 10th March 2017
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Record ID: LVPL-C46F36
Object type: SCULPTURE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A carved stone head, often loosely referred to as a 'Celtic' head. 'Celtic' heads are found in some numbers in Britain, the great majority of which, including this one, are un-dateable. The head is carved from sandstone. The object has been identified from the attached photographs. The head has an elongated oval flat face with recessed lentoid eyes. The nose is long flattened, expanding in width towards the nostrils resulting in a sub-triangular form. The lips are worn. The rear of the head is flattened with less signs of weathering. There is no visible decoration on the rear of the h…
Created on: Tuesday 21st February 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barrow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-B04B68
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Roman puddingstone beehive quern stone, dating to the period AD 1-150 There are a few types of Puddingstone, Green (2017) suggests that it is French and has been imported. A possible suggestion for this importation is that the stones used for this conglomerate are extremely hard, so hard over in Hertfordshire that it was very difficult to use, but due to its tough exterior, it produced almost grit free flour, therefore a much demanded product (Green 2017). French stones are earlier than Hertfordshire products, and were in fact the basis of a whole industry, as it spread …
Created on: Monday 20th February 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th March 2017
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Record ID: YORYM-ADFEC9
Object type: TESSERA
Broad period: ROMAN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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Three stone (possibly limestone) tesserae joined by mortar presumably from a mosaic, of Roman date, c. AD 43 - 410. Each tesserae is sub-square with irregular surfaces and is a pale yellow/brown colour. All three are joined by a calcite rich white mortar. The object is 44.9mm long, 24.2mm wide, 29.3mm thick and weighs 34.2g. Such pieces (often together with blocks of tile) were used to make floors and decorate walls in Roman buildings, including villas. Numerous geometric tesserae would be placed together to create the shapes of figures, motifs and patterns. The materials for produci…
Created on: Monday 20th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 3rd March 2017
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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
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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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