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    • Material: Stone
    • Object type: WHETSTONE
    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
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Record ID: PUBLIC-64BC92
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). Description: The whetstone is formed from a very fine-grained, sedimentary, mica-rich stone. It is sub-trapezoidal in plan with tapering sides and is trapezoidal in cross section although there is significant post-depositional damage that has changed its profile. Both ends are broken, probably in antiquity. Two sides are flat and smooth. The other sides are damaged. Measurements: Length 86.72mm: Width 25.09mm: Thickness 16.29mm: Weight 63.33g Discussion: Dating of whetstones is difficult as they were used fr…
Created on: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd October 2018
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Record ID: NMS-BC4380
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Approx. half of a sub-square sectioned whetstone, of smooth, worn fine-grained schist, thin sedimentary banding is just visable on two opposing sides. The end changes section to almost triangular, with deeply incised "V" at a slight angle on one face. The very end has fine, parrallel scratches from use. C. 800 to 1100 AD.
Created on: Thursday 21st June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 21st June 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-C8197A
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). Description: The whetstone is formed from a very fine-grained, sedimentary, mica-rich stone with distinct bedding planes. It is sub-trapezoidal in plan with tapering sides and is sub-rectangular in cross section. Both ends are broken, probably in antiquity. All sides are flat and three are very smooth. The fourth side is of a rougher texture with several lines scored across its surface, typical of those found on many whetstones and part of the sharpening process. Measurements: Length 58.67mm: Width 31.07mm: …
Created on: Wednesday 16th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 18th May 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: 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 foun…
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
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. 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 s…
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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 co…
Created on: Friday 26th May 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 30th May 2017
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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 vis…
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 (geolog…
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: Published Find published
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 which…
Created on: Friday 30th September 2016
Last updated: Friday 18th May 2018
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: Published Find published
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: Friday 18th May 2018
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
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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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Record ID: PUBLIC-750598
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A large 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. The whetstone is broken at both ends. One face has two, straight, longitudinal gouges, probably as a result of the blade-sharpening process.
Created on: Friday 20th 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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Record ID: HAMP-661272
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone or hone of probable Scandinavian (Norwegian) origin and made of schist. The whetstone is sub-rectangular in plan and cross-section, with one finished edge and face, both slightly concave in profile, the other edges being smooth but bumpy and unfinished. Both short edges appear broken. Towards one end a 'corner' is cut off. This end has a piercing, central between the cut-off corner and the finished edge, in a wide U-shaped groove. It is countersunk from both faces, measuring c.5.8mm diameter on the outside and c.4mm at the centre. Presumably this was for suspe…
Created on: Thursday 9th October 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 29th October 2014
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Record ID: LANCUM-555A06
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possibly an Early Medieval whetstone, dating to the period c.AD 410-1066. The whetstone is rectangular in cross-section and broadly rectangular in plan. The top (which may have had a hole for suspension) is missing. The opposide end is faceted, creating a flat-topped rectangular pyramid. The stone is grey-brown in colour, with micaceous inclusions. Cf. LIN-3D5C6E and LIN-B69761
Created on: Wednesday 9th April 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 29th June 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Spilsby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-4C5057
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete whetstone. It is rectangular in plan, measuring 27x37mm at, and has rounded terminals. The object is at its thickest approximately 3/4ths along its length. Probably Early Medieval.
Created on: Friday 7th February 2014
Last updated: Monday 10th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Lindsey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-FF4A27
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably a whetstone dating from the early medieval period. The object is roughly rectangular in shape and has a rectangular cross section. The surface on one side is rougher than on the other three sides which are very smooth. There are two parallel 'cuts' around the top part of the object which is where a string may have been attached to it. There is no evidence of a perforation.
Created on: Friday 10th January 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 5th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carnforth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-BE1C37
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone of probableEarly-Medieval date. The stone is cylindrical in profile and circular in section constructed from a fine grained sandstone with a high mica component. One end of the object appears to terminate in an old break, all other surfaces are smoothed. While this form of whetstone is fairly ubiquitous throughout history its association with securely dated Early-Medieval material would suggest a comparable date for this example.
Created on: Wednesday 2nd October 2013
Last updated: Monday 24th February 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LIN-B38633
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete shist or ragstone whetstone. The object is rectangular in cross-section and flares slightly towards the terminal. The terminal is curved - both in plan and cross-section - somewhat like a blade. The other end is broken.
Created on: Thursday 21st March 2013
Last updated: Monday 25th March 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Louth area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-7C5F48
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a probable Early Medieval to Medieval pendant whetstone. The stone is rectangular in both plan and cross-section. At one end it is perforated by a circular hole to secure it via a thong or suspension ring to a strap or belt. The thickness is greater at the perforated end where it tapers in a shallow curve to the broken terminal end. The greater thickness at one end probably derives from the fact that it was held by this end when in use. The material is dark grey in colour and is probably a form of Blue Phyllite, the surface of which is smooth and fine, but the sides i…
Created on: Friday 22nd February 2013
Last updated: Monday 25th March 2013
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-4424E5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete hone stone of uncertain date. It is formed from a grey schist and terminates in old breaks towards its base. The hone is triangular in form and section, with flattened and slightly rounded suspension end and flaring base. At the suspension end is a drilled central circular aperture that is slightly wider in diameter on one face than the other. The two wider faces of the hone demonstrate signs of use-wear and become substantially thinner towards the old breaks probably as a result of extended periods of usage. This object measures 42.99mm in length, 16.68mm in width, 9.3…
Created on: Wednesday 6th July 2011
Last updated: Thursday 11th August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wortham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: FAKL-B10525
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Whetstone made from a green schist, fine texture, schistosity well defined. Two faces worn through use giving a slightly curved shape. Sides irregular showing the schistose fracture. One end curved, other broken.
Created on: Tuesday 5th October 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 30th November 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Driffield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-BF8163
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
These items form part of a collection of 60 sherds of Roman and Medieval pottery and other finds that were submitted for identification in November 2009. The two whetstones that were submitted are, like the nails very hard to date without contextual information. Whetstones have been in use for many hundreds of years. On whetstone is perforated, probably for suspension; this practice was not common during the Roman period. These whetstones may date anywhere from the post Roman period (AD 410) into the post-medieval period.
Created on: Wednesday 18th August 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 18th August 2010
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Record ID: SWYOR-095CA7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A rectangular length of lightweight, dark, fine-grained stone that has probably been used as a whetstone (hone or sharpening stone) as there are a number of shallow grooves on three of the surfaces. It is difficult to date with certainty but it probably dates from the Early-Medieval to Medieval periods. It is pierced at one end and a copper-alloy rivet remains in the piercing. At each end of the rivet is a small section of copper-alloy plate, probably forming a suspension mount, most of which has broken away in antiquity and is missing. The opposite end of the stone to the suspension …
Created on: Friday 15th January 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-469FF2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A hone stone, of possible Anglo-Saxon to Medieval date. It is approximately rectangular, 41.79mm in length and 14.54mm in width tapering to one terminal. This is worn with rounded edges but broken off at the tip, and is perforated with a circular hole 6mm from the terminal edge. The hone is 5.4mm in thickness here, but tapers to 2.3mm at the opposite terminal, the edge of which is also worn.Both sides have been worn smooth. The hone weighs 4.37g. Hones of this type were for personal use and were perforated in order to suspend them from a leather belt. Examples are known from Viking …
Created on: Tuesday 13th October 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brockley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-29E6D4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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An incomplete whetstone or honestone. The object is oval in cross-section measuring 29 x 32mm at the break and tapering to 11 x 10mm at the tip. The length of the whetstone is 93mm.
Created on: Wednesday 12th August 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-0E2784
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: West Berkshire
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A very fine early medieval polished whetstone pendant, made from a light black stone. There is a suspension hole at the top which has been pierced fom both sides to give a clean even finish. There are numerous shallow linear scores visible on both sides of the whetstone. This whetstone was probably used for the final finishing sharpening rather than the initial sharpening. The whetstone measures 76.50mm long, 13.91mm wide and 6.89mm thick. It weighs 15 grams.
Created on: Thursday 11th June 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: YORYM-F17BB0
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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A complete whetstone probably dating to the early-medieval period. The whetstone is rectilinear in plan and relatively square in section. One end narrows slightly, each end is angled slightly, parallel to each other. The stone is a fine-grained, micaceous rock, probably schistose in origin. There appears to be no garnet present or clear schistoze texture which has been clearly apparent in nearly all of the other whetstone seen through the Yorkshire FLO office. The surface has badly damaged, most of the marks are relatively new which probably indicates plough damage. This whetstone pro…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd April 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Paull', grid reference and parish protected.


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