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    • Material: Stone
    • Object type: WHETSTONE
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Record ID: HESH-90B4CC
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Shropshire
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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 rectangular in plan, profile and section. The whetstone is formed from a reddish 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 is present. Whetstones are used for long periods in the agricultural landscape and a medieval or later date is preferred The stone is 83.2mm length, 40.1mm width, is 24.2mm t…
Created on: Thursday 7th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 7th June 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-36B0EE
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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A fragment of whetstone of unknown date. Description: The object is made from a fine-grained, quartz-rich sandstone, is sub-rectangular in section and trapezoidal in plan, broken across both ends. There are several lines scored across one surface, typical of those found on many whetstones and part of the sharpening action. Measurements: Length78.51mm, width 48.29mm, thickness 23.89mm, weight 121g Discussion: 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 early post-medieval…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-03C3AA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Rochdale
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A fine grained sandstone cobble which has been used as a whetstone on three faces, of unknown date, Bronze Age onwards (2350 BC - AD 1900). The stone is fine grained and is a pale yellow grey colour. It is rectangular in plan, sub-rectangular in cross-section and has rounded ends. One long face is extremely worn; polished and concave. The two neighbouring long faces are also polished, but not as much. It is 140.7mm long, 52.5mm wide and 43mm thick. 612g.
Created on: Friday 23rd February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Record ID: NLM-D6615D
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
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Stone possible whetstone. A small dense compact dark grey pebble of triangular section with rounded ends and sharply defined arises between its flat faces, probably initially formed by wind erosion in a dusty or icy environment. One side, however, is lightly hollowed, probably by wear arising from use as a sharpening stone, and handling may have contributed to the smooth finish of other surfaces. The use of improvised whetstones, often recovered from Glacial Drift, was characteristic of a long period from Prehistory, through the Roman period, and up to the Viking Age introduction of s…
Created on: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-F85E33
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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A fine grained, pale grey, oblong shaped sandstone, with some plough damage at one end of the reverse face, used as a whetstone. Both faces are smoothed by wear, and the edges are rounded and show evidence of being used for sharpening blades. The improvised use of various stones from glacial drift for sharpening or rubbing stones is characteristic of the Roman and Early Medieval periods until the Viking Age, when Scandinavian stones from the Telemark region became widely available. Suggested date: Unknown, Roman to Early Medieval, 43-850. The known history of the site leans towards…
Created on: Monday 29th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 30th January 2018
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Record ID: KENT-CD8E88
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Greater London Authority
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An incomplete, fine-grained sandstone whetstone of unknown date. Description: The whetstone is incomplete roughly surviving at 50% of original length, it is ovoid in section and was likely a long thin pointed oval in plan although one pointed end is missing. The remaining point is round and blunt and the broken edge is fairly worn. each wide flat surface has been heavily worn with use leaving the whetstone much thinner towards the middle of the whetstone. The Whetstone is a cream colour with some iron staining. Measurements: 95.97mm long, 25.97mm wide, 14.53mm thick and 40.2g in…
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 17th January 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-054FC4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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A fragment of whetstone of unknown date. The object is made from a fine-grained, quartz-rich sandstone, is sub-square in section, slightly tapering and broken across both ends. There is also some post-depositional damage. 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 early post-medieval date. The object is 64.7mm in length and 38.74 x 36.83, tapering to 34.19mm x 33.14mm, in width. It weighs 147g.
Created on: Friday 13th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 16th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-4C1CF5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
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Incomplete stone whetstone of unknown date (c. 800 BC - 1900 AD). The whetstone is sub-rectangular in plan with a D-shaped section as it is flat on the bottom and rounded on the top. The whetstone has been broken at one end leaving a rough surface. The bottom surface is also rough while the top surface is relatively smooth on two sides and slightly pitted on the other. The stone is dark brown in colour with light brown patches. The length of the whetstone is 36.99mm with a width of 19.07mm and a thickness of 14.78mm. The weight of the whetstone is 19.96g. Whetstones are difficult…
Created on: Wednesday 4th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 25th October 2017
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Record ID: NLM-FEC0CD
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Compacted Sandstone water rolled cobble, probable whetstone; a sparkling surface indicates the presence of mica or other abrasive constituents in a sandy matrix, and hence suitability as a sharpening stone. This large sub-triangular flat-sided stone has one large flat surface smoothed and dished by wear. Other surfaces are unmodified, though scratches from plough strike appear on all. The use of improvised hones is characteristic of a long period from later Prehistory to the Viking Age. A rock of this size might be used to sharpen large tools such as a scythe or spade iron. It may hav…
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Ravendale', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-804A3E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Grey-green fine grained compact Sandstone, possible whetstone fragment, as kindly suggested by the finder. A small and probably water-rolled pebble of sub-rectangular section, possibly dished by wear on one of its wider flat faces, but with no other trace of utilisation. Rounded, probably naturally, at one end, and broken at the other; subsequently abraded. This may be a small or personal hone improvised from a chance discovery from glacial Drift. The use of varied improvised hones, rubbing stones and smoothers was common from later Prehistory to the Middle Saxon period. Suggested dat…
Created on: Thursday 31st August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 31st August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Laceby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-800F98
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Fine-grained compact grey possibly Sandstone with occasional sparkling flecks on its sides; whetstone, as kindly identified by the finder. The material has a superficial resemblance to the volcanic Greenstone used to make Neolithic group 6 axes, and specialist examination of the broken surface might determine whether such an axe may have been reworked and reused in this case. At all events, this is now a straight-sided bar-shaped hone of rectangular section, rounded at one end and broken at the other. All flat surfaces are lightly dished by wear towards the centre of the object; a fac…
Created on: Thursday 31st August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 31st August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Laceby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DEV-6E49A1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Devon
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An incomplete whetstone of uncertain date and of a fine, greywacke sandstone. Rectangular in plan and sub-rectangualr in profile, the fragment terminates in worn breaks at either end. Due to abrasion to either face of the stone, in profile the whetstone tapers from 19.3mm wide at one end to 13.7mm at the other, with the narrowing being pronouncedly concave at one end and becoming more gradual below. This is more prominent on one face than the other. Dimensions: length 50.5mm; width 21.8mm; thickness 19.3mm; weight 29.03g. Whetstones were in use from the Bronze Age onwards, and w…
Created on: Wednesday 30th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: DUR-424732
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: County Durham
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A fine-grained, dark grey stone, oval-ended and broken at one end, of uncertain date. It has been used as a whetstone for sharpening blades. The stone is natural, not deliberately shaped, oval in section, thickening and widening to the broken end. The complete end is rounded. The top of the whetstone shows signs of brown 'polish' and has numerous shallow, linear grooves in the surface. The back is concave and rougher; it shows a couple of diagonal grooves but these may be natural wear. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards. The improvised use of vari…
Created on: Wednesday 16th August 2017
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
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Record ID: HAMP-35FFA8
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
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An incomplete and undatable whetstone, square in cross-section at one end (c.44x45mm with one damaged corner), sloping on one face and narrowing on those to either side to become rectangular in cross-section and extending c.35mm to the break (43x24mm). The fabric is grey in colour and sandy, with numerous micaceous inclusions and orange-brown fissures to the outside surface (probably iron staining). It weighs 272g (to the nearest 2g) and measures 92.7mm in length. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools…
Created on: Friday 28th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 4th May 2017
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Record ID: SOM-22CE2A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted medium grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square to D-shaped in section with rounded corners, particularly two adjacent corners, and a bar shape with irregular broken ends. The more rounded corners are probably from use. It is 38.7mm long, and a maximum of 26.7mm by 24.1mm; it weighs 37.0 grams. It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20t…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-22AB88
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted fine grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square in section with rounded corners and an bar shape with one angled end and irregular broken end. Three sides seem smoother from use. It is 88.4mm long, and a maximum of 30.2mm by 25.5mm; it weighs 121 grams. It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th century. A Roman, Medieval or Post Medieva…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-47ECF6
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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Micaceous grey fine-grained Sandstone hone [non-specialist identification by MF]. Rectangular flat-sided stone bar with smoothed zones along its longer edges, and lightly bevelled at one end - the other is broken at an angle. The flat sides bear prominently sparkling mica which does not appear on the edges, though these have received more wear. The stone lacks the green or blueish cast of Norwegian schist, and might be a glacial erratic, perhaps originating in Scotland. The use of collected stones for sharpening and rubbing is a feature of all metal-using periods before the Viking inv…
Created on: Wednesday 15th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 17th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-86E46B
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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A fragment of a fine-grained, sandstone whetstone of unknown date. The object is sub-square in section and rectangular in plan, broken across both ends. 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 56.19mm in length and 28.63mm x 27.97mm in width. It weighs 82.07g.
Created on: Tuesday 1st November 2016
Last updated: Friday 3rd February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-5C5559
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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An incomplete, fine-grained sandstone whetstone of unknown date. The object is oval in section and sub-triangular in plan, tapering to a blunt point at one end. The object has broken across the opposite end and the remainder of the whetstone has been lost. 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 78.99mm in length and 33.58mm x 24.45mm in width. It weighs 71.28g.
Created on: Sunday 30th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 31st October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-E091A8
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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Three fragments of possible whetstones, dating to the period c.AD 43-1700. Fragments 1 and 2 are possibly from the same artefact. It is not possible to suggest a narrower date range, however it should be noted that these fragments are all from a site with known Early Medieval activity. Fragment 1 is broadly trapezoidal in plan with a break along its narrowest and widest sides. This break extends into the body from the narrowest edge and therefore some of the surface is missing. The stone is buff in colour and Stuart Ogilvey (geologist) states that it is a fine grained, siliceous sa…
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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