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    • Material: Stone
    • Object type: WHETSTONE
    • Broad period: UNKNOWN
    • Institution: DUR

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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 various s…
Created on: Wednesday 16th August 2017
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
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Record ID: DUR-4889B1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible whetstone of unknown date. It is sub-oval in plan with rounded edges. It is a rounded oval in cross-section. The object tapers either side towards the two shorter edges. It is made from a grey stone. There are linear grooves on all the surfaces, possibly caused by sharpening tools. Part of the stone has been broken on one of the larger surfaces. It is difficult to say that this is definitely a whetstone as natural stones could be used for this purpose without much working to make them suitable. It weighs >1kg and measures 114.07mm in length and 52.97mm in width.
Created on: Monday 3rd September 2012
Last updated: Monday 3rd September 2012
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Record ID: DUR-FB7212
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Stockton-on-Tees
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possible whetstone of unknown date. It is sub-oval in plan with rounded edges. It is a rounded oval in cross-section also with all edges rounded. It is made from a brown-grey stone. There are linear grooves on all the surfaces, possibly caused by sharpening tools. It is difficult to say that this is definitely a whetstone as natural stones could be used for this purpose without much working to make them suitable, this appears to be in that group.
Created on: Wednesday 8th December 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 15th December 2010
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