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    • Material: Stone
    • Object type: WHETSTONE
    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL

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Record ID: PUBLIC-0A4260
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone of probable early-medieval date (c. AD 800 - 1100). The whetstone is formed from a very fine-grained, sedimentary, mica-rich stone with distinct bedding planes. It is sub-rectangular in plan with tapering sides and is sub-rectangular in cross section at one end and sub-square in section at the other. Both ends are broken, probably in antiquity. Two opposing sides are flat but the other two opposing sides are dished, one more than the other, from continued use sharpening blades. All faces are very smooth. The stone is similar to other mica schist whetstones found…
Created on: Sunday 1st October 2017
Last updated: Saturday 7th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-E9CADE
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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An incomplete whetstone of probable early-medieval date (c. AD 800 - 1100). The whetstone is formed from a very fine-grained, sedimentary, mica-rich stone. It is sub-rectangular in plan with slightly tapering sides, and is sub-rectangular in cross section. A suspension hole has been drilled in the upper part of the whetstone by drilling from both sides to produce an hourglass-shaped hole, 4.9mm in diameter. The opposite end is broken, probably in antiquity. The stone is similar to other mica schist whetstones found at the same location but is of a finer structure, maybe chosen for a sm…
Created on: Friday 29th September 2017
Last updated: Friday 6th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-3AA67E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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An incomplete whetsone of possible early Anglo-Saxon date. The item is made from a reddish-brown coloured sandstone which 'sparkles' when held under light owing to fine grained quartz. The whetstone is square in section, broken at both ends, and tapers from bottom to top, from 32mm x 31mm to 22mm x 21mm.
Created on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 19th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alford area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-7FA566
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead and stone whetstone fragment. The broken end of a fine-grained grey layered stone, possibly a slate but resembling a 'phyllite', with a neatly-cut square section groove around its narrower end, and another at right angles to this on either side. The broken end of the hone has been sheathed in lead, which has held its parts together. The hone may have broken across the site of an original suspension hole. There is a probably drilled transverse hole in the end of the lead sheathing which would replace it. This is an unusual example of the repair of a personal hone so it could be con…
Created on: Friday 26th May 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 30th May 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-9379A7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possibly a whetstone of early medieval date, c. 9th-11th century. Rectangular in shape and cross-section; very smooth sides.
Created on: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Last updated: Thursday 8th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alston Moor', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-1B5301
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone, dating to the early Medieval to Medieval period (c.AD 700-1400). The object is broadly triangular in plan tapering in width from the sub-oval pierced end to a rounded point. The wider end or top of the object is pierced with a circular perforation measuring 5mm in diameter. This appears to have been drilled from each face. It is likely that this hone would have been suspended around the neck by means of the hole at one terminal. A fragment of the stone has broken away in recent times at the holed terminal end. Thin horizontal striations or scratches are visibl…
Created on: Wednesday 14th December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 20th December 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skirpenbeck', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-E160E3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone, dating to the early Medieval to Medieval period (c.AD 700-1400). The object is broadly rectangular in plan, and triangular in cross section. It is dark brown in colour with very fine micaerous inclusions. A number of linear striations are present on all sides which reveal a light coloured stone underneath. It has a worn break at each terminal, and it is likely that it was pierced at one end and the break has exposed the aperture. It is likely that this hone would have been suspended around the neck by means of the hole at one terminal. Stuart Ogilvy (geologist…
Created on: Monday 24th October 2016
Last updated: Friday 13th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Driffield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-E1ED34
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone hone. Grey fine-grained stone, possibly a greywacke, whetstone. Small personal or portable hone with an aperture of diameter 5.5mm, probably drilled from both sides, at one end. Both ends are rounded but the main part of the object has four sides which meet each other at crisp arises. Two opposed sides are dished by wear, while the others retain the curve of the original stone. The fashion for whetstones perforated for wear from a belt or girdle is a feature of the Later Saxon/Anglo-Scandinavian period. This object does not display the characteristics of the imported stones whic…
Created on: Friday 30th September 2016
Last updated: Friday 30th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Caistor', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-FA7EA7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of whetstone, probably early-medieval in date. The whetstone has been manufactured from fine-grained mica schist, most probably sourced in Scandinavia. Other whetstones made from this type of stone have been recorded in association with early-medieval finds. The whetstone is rectangular in plan and sub-square in section at one end and sub-triangular in section at the other end. The four longer faces are worn smooth but with some damage from farm machinery. The whetstone is broken at both ends with the squarer end broken across what may have been the drilled hole for the sus…
Created on: Monday 19th September 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 18th October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-BCB2DE
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of whetstone, probably early-medieval in date. The whetstone has been manufactured from fine-grained mica schist, most probably sourced in Scandinavia. Other whetstones made from this type of stone have been recorded in association with early-medieval finds. The whetstone is sub-trapezoidal in plan and sub-square in section with the four longer faces being very smooth but with some damage from farm machinery. The whetstone is broken at both ends with the narrower end broken across what may have been the drilled hole for the suspension loop.
Created on: Sunday 4th September 2016
Last updated: Friday 9th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-6D2E8B
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Ferruginous limestone probable whetstone fragment. Stone shaped like an oversized finger with one markedly smoothed broad surface which is lightly dished by wear and lightly scored by diagonal and transverse grooves suggestive of the sharpening of pointed pins or needles. Limited patches of wear have also partially smoothed the opposite face. Broken raggedly at its wider end. The use of a relatively local stone is likely, which is characteristic of hones of the Later Iron Age to Early Medieval periods. Accompanying material tends to point to the later part of this date-range. Suggeste…
Created on: Thursday 26th May 2016
Last updated: Thursday 26th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-6D1CB4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine grained compacted sandstone whetstone fragment. A rectangular section fragment probably from the middle of a whetstone, possibly of hog-backed formAll the faces save for the broken ends are smoothed by wear. Two faces meeting at an obtuse angle are likely to mark the top of the whetstone, and a dished face opposite these faces its most heavily used and worn face. The selection of a local [to northern Britain] rather than an imported stone may suggest a pre-Viking date. The hog-backed form in such stones occurs amongst early medieval finds at Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire (Fo…
Created on: Thursday 26th May 2016
Last updated: Thursday 26th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-B69761
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval whetstone, dating to the period c.AD 410-1066. The whetstone is rectangular in cross-section and broadly rectangular in plan. One terminal is faceted, creating a flat-topped rectangular pyramid. The other terminal is angled to an off centre rounded point. An aperture for suspension measuring 4.5mm is present towards the faceted terminal. The stone is grey-brown in colour, with micaceous inclusions. A grooved scar is present on one face. The whetstone measures 146.25mm in length, 30.38mm in width and 22.57mm in at its thickest. Cf. LIN-3D5C6E
Created on: Wednesday 10th February 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 24th February 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Lindsey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-B672B0
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Early Medieval whetstone, dating to the period c.AD 410-1066. The whetstone is rectangular in cross-section and broadly rectangular in plan with worn breaks at both terminals. It tapers slightly towards one terminal, and decreases in thickness towards both terminals. The stone is dark grey in colour, with micaceous inclusions. A scar is present on each face and along one edge as well as towards one terminal. These reveal a lighter green-grey stone. The whetstone measures 83.85mm in length, 24mm in width, 11.22mm in at its thickest and weighs 44.62g.
Created on: Wednesday 10th February 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 17th February 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Lindsey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-3D5C6E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Early Medieval whetstone, dating to the period c. AD 410-1066. The whetstone is rectangular in cross section, and broadly rectangular in plan. It tapers to a rounded terminal at its apex, and a circular perforation measuring 5mm is present towards this end. This aperture contains a brown-red substance which possibly forms the remains of a means of attachment. The butt end has rounded corners and evidence of wear is present in the form of areas of abrasion which have a brown patination. This wear does not however seem consistant with its intended use. Further areas of damage…
Created on: Monday 11th January 2016
Last updated: Monday 15th February 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Lindsey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-776B49
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine grained dense grey stone, possible rubber or whetstone. Flat-sided oval ended river-washed pebble; one end chipped. The surface is possibly smoothed by wear overall. The form is probably natural and the stone derived from glacial drift. This might have been used as an improvised polisher for organic materials, including textiles, or alternatively as a whetstone. The use of adventitiously recovered stones for such functions is especially characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon period, sandwiched as it is between eras characterised by more systematic exploitation and marketing of stones …
Created on: Thursday 16th July 2015
Last updated: Thursday 16th July 2015
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Record ID: LIN-DAB33E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A possible Middle Saxon object whetstone. The object is smaller than most whetstones, perhaps indicating it was used for fine working of objects. It is rectangular in section with a facet on all corners. It is broken at the thicker end, but tapers to a point at the terminal. Fine diagonal grooves are visible along both of the side faces but not the upper and lower faces, nor the facets.
Created on: Thursday 21st May 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Lindsey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-0D13F7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete whetstone of sub-rectangular cross-section, both ends broken, of highly micaceous fine grained grey stone. Width 35 - 29mm. Thickness 10.5 - 8mm. Extant length 47mm. There are engraved grooves on both broad faces. Probably Late Saxon or medieval.
Created on: Friday 17th April 2015
Last updated: Friday 17th April 2015
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NLM-7BF3BA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fine grained grey stone whetstone. A small bar-shaped hone with a drilled hole of diameter 4.2mm for suspension from a belt or girdle. Thinned by heavy wear, which has contributed a smoothly curved end; the object was probably discarded at the end of a long working life, having too little length left for whetting a blade. This material is sometimes described as purple phylite, though this description may embrace stones of various tints gathered from glacial drift as well as from geological sources in Scotland, Norway and elsewhere. 'Phylite' hones are prominent among whetstones of Ang…
Created on: Friday 10th April 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 28th April 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Northorpe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-C81404
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of whetstone or hone, probably early-medieval to medieval in date. The whetstone has been manufactured from very fine-grained, blue-greymudstone, similar to the Jurassic rocks found on the coast of North Yorkshire. It is sub-triangular in plan and sub-oval in section. It is broken across its widest part and shows the very fine internal structure of the stone. The narrow end is complete apart from some minor post-depositional damage. The outer surfaces are very smooth and show some flat facets, probably as a result of the blade-sharpening process.
Created on: Tuesday 24th February 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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