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    • 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
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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
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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 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
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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
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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 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
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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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-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: 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: 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: 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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