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

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Record ID: PUBLIC-BD3717
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A fragment of whetstone or hone of probable early-medieval to medieval date (AD 700-1500). The whetstone has been manufactured from very fine-grained, blue-grey stone. It is a pointed oval in plan and sub-triangular in section. it is broken at both ends. The outer surfaces are very smooth with flat facets, probably as a result of the blade-sharpening process.
Created on: Friday 15th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-AD7E16
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A fragment of a fine-grained, sandstone whetstone of uncertain date. The object is sub-rectangular in section and sub-rectangular in plan, broken across both ends. The sides are slightly dished and all surfaces are worn smooth. The location and associated finds suggest an early-medieval to medieval date.
Created on: Thursday 14th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-30CABC
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a whetstone of unknown date. It is made from a very fine-grained, banded sedementary rock with a high inclusion of mica crystals. The object is sub-square in section and a tapering rectangle in plan, broken across the wider end. Dating of whetstones is difficult as they were used from the later Iron Age to modern times. The location and associated finds suggest an early-medieval to medieval date. The object is 89.76mm in length and 31.1mm in width. It weighs 218g.
Created on: Friday 8th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-E2B784
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
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An incomplete fine-grained micaceous stone whetstone or hone. It is sub-rectangular in shape with (worn) breaks at both short ends, revealing a D-shaped cross-section. It narrows from 20.1x14.8mm at one break to 14.6x11.6mm at the other, over a length of 76.3mm. The stone is grey to the flat underside but otherwise brown in colour with lines of silvery inclusions running through it. These appear as dark grey longitudinal striations on the brown surface. The stone is soapy to the touch. The object weighs 41.20g. Whetstones or hones of this type were often perforated in order to suspend …
Created on: Tuesday 18th July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 18th July 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bishops Waltham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-0F82DA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Whetstone of sub ovoid to sub trapezoidal section with rounded edges, all faces are polished smooth and blackened from use, except for recent damage which reveals the light grey origional colour of the fine grained micaceous shist. As both ends are broken and damaged in antiquity, it is uncertian if this impliment was perforated from suspention. Romano-british to Medieval.
Created on: Monday 26th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 26th June 2017
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Record ID: NMS-8A4BED
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: NMS-AF3E34
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: PUBLIC-BB6724
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of a large whetstone. The object is made from a very fine-grained, banded sandstone. It is sub-rectangular in both plan and section with one end rounded and smooth. The opposite end has been broken and the rest of the whetstone lost. All surfaces apart from the broken section are worn smooth.
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: HESH-91DC72
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A nearly complete hone or whetstone of undetermined date, probably Medieval or later but an earlier date should not be ruled out. The stone is rectangular in plan, profile and section. The whetstone is formed from a grey, coarse grained grit/sandstone. The side surfaces show distinct bedding planes within the matrix. The edges and the tip are all worn with at least one distinct grinding sharpening surface being present. Whetstones are used for long periods in the agricultural landscape and a medieval or later date is preferred The stone is 86.9mm length, 31.5mm width, is 16.7mm thick …
Created on: Friday 15th July 2016
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cockshutt', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-D7E322
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
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A nearly complete hone or whetstone of undetermined date, probably Medieval or later but an earlier date should not be ruled out. The stone is angular, with five irregularly arranged facetted, flat edges. The stone is formed from a grey, coarse grained grit/sandstone. The side surfaces are coloured surface possibly due to burial conditions or being heated in a fire. The surfaces have fine scratches consistent with metal sharpening. One end has been abraded in the plough soil. The stone is 66mm long and 24mm wide, and 22mm high, it weighs 48.4g
Created on: Wednesday 6th July 2016
Last updated: Monday 11th July 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Walford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-444A56
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete, probably medieval hone stone, with one end missing. The thickness and width are greatest near the complete end where the cross-section is a parallelogram (38 x 29mm). At the broken end the cross-section is sub-rectangular (29 x 20mm). The material is micaceous and pale grey. Length 126mm. 12th - 15th century.
Created on: Friday 18th December 2015
Last updated: Friday 18th December 2015
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Record ID: NLM-DD2078
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Grey stone, probably Norwegian Schist. Whetstone fragment. Rectangular section fragment from a hone of imported Telemark Schist. Towards one end the object is broken across a hole of an hourglass form showing it was drilled from both sides. The hone narrows from its perforated upper end because of wear, and its longer narrow side is also lightly dished from use. Broken at both ends. The drilling of hones for suspended wear was characteristic of 'phyllite' hones of the later Anglo-Scandinavian period, though it was extended to the smaller Norwegian schist hones, made of a material whic…
Created on: Thursday 19th November 2015
Last updated: Thursday 19th November 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-89F91B
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete medieval to post-medieval honestone of very hard, fine-grained, pinkish grey micaceous sandstone. At the break the cross-section is trapezoidal, 42 x 19-23mm, and at the end it is rectangular, 64 x 43mm. Three faces are gently concave. The fourth face, a narrow one, is flat but scoured by two deep V-section sharpening grooves which run the full length. There are two shallower grooves on the end. Extant length 79mm. 12th - 17th century.
Created on: Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Last updated: Thursday 7th July 2016
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Record ID: KENT-CCE2E7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Early Medieval or Medieval Whetstone or hone. The stone is sub rectangular, narrowing slightly towards each end. One end is complete with rounded corners, the other ends in an old break. In section it has straight sides and slighty convex faces. It thickens slightly towards the complete end before thinning to a rounded edge. At the complete end there is a circular perforation for suspension. the hole is hour glass shaped having been drilled from both sides and is 4.1mm in diameter in the centre. The stone is fine grained, grey to slightly grey green in colour and appears to have fi…
Created on: Friday 8th May 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
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Record ID: NLM-3ACFB3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Norwegian Schist Whetstone fragment. A sub-cylindrical mullion or bar of fine-grained grey-green stone with two flattened and one lightly dished faces; both ends broken. The stone comes from the Telemark region of Norway, and importation from the 12th century onwards established its effective dominance over the market for sharpening stones in England throughout the medieval period. Suggested date: Medieval, 1200-1450. Length: 51.3mm, Diameter: 22.6mm, Weight: 44.88gms.
Created on: Tuesday 7th April 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 21st April 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Pilham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-595B09
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete, probably medieval hone stone of sub-rectangular section, with one end missing. The thickness and width are greatest near the complete end. The material is micaceous, greenish grey with off-white or very pale grey streaks. Length 85mm. Thickness 13.5 - 17.8mm. Width 36 - 40.3mm. 12th - 15th century.
Created on: Sunday 15th March 2015
Last updated: Sunday 15th March 2015
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Record ID: NMS-1EBEE1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably medieval hone stone of rectangular cross-section, thinning gently from one broken end to an unbroken, rounded end. The stone is slightly close-grained, micaceous and pale grey brown. Extant length 63mm. Width 18.6mm. Thickness 9.8 - 9mm. 12th - 15th century. Finder's no. GR7
Created on: Saturday 28th February 2015
Last updated: Saturday 28th February 2015
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Record ID: NMS-DB9F8C
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a probably medieval hone of pale grey micaceous stone, split longitudinally and broken across on end. The cross-section was probably sub-rectangular, and tapering from the finished end. On the one surving braod surface there are five short longitudinal lines of rust, presumably from use with an iron tool. Extant length and thickness 55 and 11.5 - 9mm. Width 28.5 - 23mm. Weight 32g. Perhaps 12th - 15th century. Finder's no. GW3
Created on: Wednesday 25th February 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 25th February 2015
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Record ID: PUBLIC-09CFC5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The pointed tip from a broken stone whetstone or hone. The whetstone is made from very fine-grained sandstone with mica flecks and areas with black patches. The material is very similar to coal measures sandstone but this has not been verified as the source for the stone. The stone is a pointed triangle in plan and sub-triangular in section. The sides are highly polished and faceted from the repeated action of sharpening blades.
Created on: Monday 10th November 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 26th November 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Utterby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-00899D
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval honestone of Norwegian Ragstone. The cross-section is sub-rectangular with the narrow sides quite flat but the two broad faces irregularly convex. Close to the slightly damaged narrower end an encircling V-sectioned groove with overlapping ends was presumably to take a suspension cord (a drilled perforation is the more normal method). Below the groove the sides are straight and then gently diverge before a rounded lower end. Length 84mm. Width 21.5 - 28mm. Thickness 10.5 - 14.5mm. Weight 55.98g. Norwegian Ragstone was imported in quantity before the Conquest (Moore, D.T. and …
Created on: Tuesday 17th June 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 17th June 2014
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