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

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Record ID: SOM-DA2851
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
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One end of a rectangular sectioned whetstone and a non-joining end fragment which may or may not be from the same stone. The larger piece narrows and thins to a sharp point at the complete end. The smaller piece is triangular in section, probably due to the amount of wear on one face and worn to a flat edge with a rounded corner at the complete end. Fine grained non-micaceous rock. The larger fragment is 107.2 mm long, 38.9mm wide and 27.4mm thick it weighs 128.9 grams. The smaller is 42.6mm long, 31.8mm wide, 11.9mm thick and weighs 19.2g. While not diagnositic on their own these wer…
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-D9EF94
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
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One end of a rectangular and rectangular secetioned whet stone with a drilled circular hole through the remaining complete end. Fine grained non-micaceous rock formed and broken along distinct layers with flat sides, slightly rounded corners and edges and a slightly concave face, probably from use. The fragment is 49.0mm long, 33.7mm wide and 9.8mm thick it weighs 32 grams. While not diagnositic on its own it was found in a group of Roman material and is likely to be of that date although there is some late 18th century material also on the field.
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th November 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-AD162C
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
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A fragment of whetstone or hone of probable Roman date. The whetstone has been manufactured from very fine-grained, blue-grey mudstone, similar to the Jurassic rocks found on the coast of North Yorkshire. It is sub-rectagular in plan and section. It is broken down its length from being struck and shearing down a natural bedding plane. The damage, however, shows the very fine internal structure of the stone. The outer surfaces are very smooth with flat facets, probably as a result of the blade-sharpening process. There are various cut marks with triangular-shaped sections that suggest t…
Created on: Thursday 14th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Fulstow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-10FB2A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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A fine grained compacted pale sandstone whetstone fragment. The remaining fragment is triangular in shape with a pronounced rounded edge to the unbroken side. There are three smooth surfaces worn on the upper unbroken surface and the object appears to have been used to sharpen small implements, such as knives. The object fits comfortably in 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 make a Roman o…
Created on: Thursday 19th January 2017
Last updated: Friday 20th January 2017
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Record ID: FASAM-F55282
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
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An inscribed Roman stone stilus sharpener / whetstone. The stone is fine-grained green (slate?). The piece is 46.7mm long, 21.7mm wide and 8.2mm deep. There is a deep groove along the upper face where the stilus would be sharpened. The Latin inscription on the front face is: [M?]ΛNDΛCVS MATTΛVI which probably translates as 'Mandacus(?), son of Mattavus'. It is a possible Celtic / British name and patronym.
Created on: Thursday 13th October 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 25th October 2016
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Record ID: SUR-714BE1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hampshire
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A flat rounded sub-triangular grey pebble which has been broken across a drilled hole in one angle. The object has probably been used as a whetstone and is of unknown date. It may be Roman in view of many finds of that date in the near locality.
Created on: Monday 2nd May 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 7th June 2016
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Record ID: NLM-E99F66
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
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Fine grained Sandstone possible whetstone. Trapezoid straight-sided object of rectangular section, chipped at both ends and thickest at its wider end. The fine grained stone would lend itself to use as an improvised sharpener, and such mediocre honestones are most commonly reported from Roman contexts, though were also used before and after. Some doubt may be introduced by the tendency of some sedimentary stones to split neatly along bedding planes, as well as by other natural processes such as Aeolian sand-blasting, and by the lack of dishing from wear. Suggested date: Roman, 43-410.…
Created on: Monday 15th June 2015
Last updated: Monday 15th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-59D611
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Lincolnshire
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Fine grained honey coloured Sandstone Possible Whetstone fragment. Rectangular section fragment, possibly from a bar shaped workshop or kitchen whetstone - as distinct from hones worn or carried at the belt. All four sides appear smoothed, and one side may also be lightly dished. A break at one end is ancient damage inflicted before a prolonged period of immersion; the break at the other end is recent, exposing tiny quartz inclusions. The rest of the surface has been smoothed after its ancient breakage by prolonged immersion and rolling by water. The material is not ideal for sharpe…
Created on: Monday 10th June 2013
Last updated: Monday 24th June 2013
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Record ID: NLM-02CF15
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Dark grey micaceous Mudstone Possible Hone fragment. Fragment from a possible hone; a needle or point sharpening groove of width 3mm runs along the one unbroken edge. The use of such stone may argue an early date and local manufacture. Suggested date: Roman, 40-400. Length:49.6mm, Width: 20.2mm, Thickness: 13.3mm, Weight: 15.10gms.
Created on: Wednesday 25th January 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 1st February 2012
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Record ID: NLM-A780B0
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Buff Coloured medium compacted Sandstone (non-specialist identification by MF). Whetstone. Tapered hone of square section, carefully shaped and smoothed by use on all four sides, chipped at its narrow end and broken at the other. Either point-sharpening grooves or, more likely, post-depositional damage, occurs on one flat face; one aris also bears damage post-dating use of the object. The rectangular form is common for Roman hones, but continued in use - as perhaps did some of the same hones - into the Anglo-Saxon period. At this later period, large and carefully shaped hones,…
Created on: Wednesday 10th November 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 12th March 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brigsley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-DBA476
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
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An incomplete schist whetstone. The whetstone is rectangular in plan and in cross-section.
Created on: Thursday 7th October 2010
Last updated: Thursday 7th October 2010
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Record ID: WILT-42FE74Z
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Wiltshire
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A fragment of undatable (200 BC-1800 AD) but probably Roman hone or whetstone, measuring 48.37x37.89x20.74mm and weighing 63.8g. The stone is smooth on one face and rougher on the others. It is red/ brown in colour with micaceous inclusions. The whetstone or hone is formed from a very fine grained sedimentary, mica rich sandstone or siltstone.
Created on: Monday 19th July 2010
Last updated: Saturday 17th January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cricklade area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DENO-974E15
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
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Whetstone, narrowed at the top, expanding gradually in one plane to form a bulbous terminal. Pierced for suspension at the top - drilled from both sides, minimum internal diameter 3.8mm. Concave wear at the edge of one side close to the piercing - width of wear up to 45mm. Fine grained ?sandstone, mica-rich, the stone is light orange-brown where freshly scratched, and darker grey-brown weathered surface. Length 131.2mm, width at top (level with piercing) 20.4mm, width at end 45.2mm, min thickness (at top) 9.3mm, max thickness (at end) 17.0mm, weight 115.8g. Uncertain date - Roma…
Created on: Thursday 29th April 2010
Last updated: Monday 24th May 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wragby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-A18C43
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone. The object is rectangular in plan and in cross-section. The sides are very smooth and worn. The material is a pale grey-blue colour.
Created on: Tuesday 30th June 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SUSS-6D7F95
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a flat oval polishing stone or whetstone of probable Roman to Post Medieval date. It measures 67.1mm by 65.8mm by 35.5mm and weighs 204g. The base is polished flat and very smooth in the centre, rougher at the edges. The sides are rounded and the top is rough and slightly concave. The stone appears to be a fine grained igneous or metamorphic rock with narrow quartz veins. It is mid grey in the centre with a mid brown weathered outer surface.
Created on: Friday 22nd May 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Chichester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-FA3685
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A ?schist whetstone. The whetstone is roughly rectangular in plan and in cross-section, and broken at either end. The sides are very smooth.
Created on: Tuesday 17th March 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sleaford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-01B557
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone, probably Roman or Anglo-Saxon in date. The whetstone is oval in cross-section and tapers slightly to the break. The surface is smooth and worn. The stone is a light grey sandstone.
Created on: Tuesday 4th November 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Threekingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-0D0EB3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flat cylindrical polishing stone or whetstone of probable Roman to post-medieval date. It measures 72mm by 68mm by 36mm and weighs 253g. Both of the flat sides exhibit polish. The stone appears to be an igneous rock and is not of local origin (pers. comm. Dennis Parsons, Curator of Natural History, Somerset County Museum).
Created on: Monday 31st March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Charlton Horethorne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-7E18A7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete probable whetstone which could be Roman or later in date. Both terminals are incomplete due to old breaks. It is rectangular in plan but tapering in thickness towards one end. The wider end has a circular hole through it. The stone is dense and grey in colour. It measures 38.38mm in length, 14.22mm in width and 11.21mm in thickness.
Created on: Monday 24th September 2007
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: SF-3DEB66
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a whetstone, which could be Roman or later in date. This fragment is rectnagular in shape with one terminal end surviving, with rounded corners. There is a circular, possibly suspension hole through this temrinal end. The stone is hard grey, dense and has tiny specks of silver mica throughout. It measures 35.01mm in surviving length and 21.17mm in width it is 8.55mm in thickness. The hole is 4.75mm in diameter.
Created on: Friday 21st September 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Finborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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