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Record ID: NMS-8A4BED
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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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: 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
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An incomplete ground greenstone axehead. A triangular axehead with flattened sides. The cutting edhge 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: Wednesday 5th April 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
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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
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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
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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
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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: Monday 27th March 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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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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: LANCUM-686E06
Object type: AXEHEAD ROUGHOUT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete though probably unfinished stone axehead probably a roughout of Neolithic date, c. 3500 - 2100 BC discovered below the foundations of a cottage garden wall. The axehead is possibly of the Graig Lwyd Group VII axe - the patina looks the type and the white speckles on a blue-grey matrix is typical of the rock type or it could be an epidiotised greenstone Group VI Langdale axe. The axe head is trapezoidal in plan with a pointed ovate section. The surfaces are rough with a chip to one side of the butt edge. The unpolished nature of the object suggests it was not properly finishe…
Created on: Monday 13th March 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 28th 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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