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Record ID: SOM-9B8C85
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone which is likely to be of Roman to post-medieval date. The surviving section of the whetstone is broadly cuboid-shaped. The stone is a micaceous fine-grained sandstone (Dennis Parsons, pers. comm.). Dimensions: 78mm by 51mm by 42mm Weight: 295g
Created on: Saturday 1st March 2008
Last updated: Monday 3rd April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mells', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-019C57
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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Two large fragments of whetstone - from two different tools, which are undatable. The stone is a fine-grained, reasonably well cemented, quartzoze sandstone. It contains minor amounts of the mica muscorite.
Created on: Thursday 6th March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near South Cave', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-1534D5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large fragment of whetstone - which is undatable. The stone is a fine-grained, reasonably well cemented, quartzoze sandstone. It contains minor amounts of the mica muscorite.
Created on: Friday 7th March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brantingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-22CE2A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: LIN-93ADE1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A very large whetstone, measuring 398mm x 45mm x 30mm. The whetstone is rectangular in plan and also in cross-section. The whetstone is a very fine grained light brown-grey colour, originally discovered in three pieces at the same place and later restored by the finder. The whetstone is very smooth and worn on three faces only. The fourth face is less smooth and has a different patina to the rest of the object, having a dark grey-brown patina extending approximately 3/4ths of the length.
Created on: Friday 9th June 2006
Last updated: Thursday 1st February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Kesteven', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-4EC926
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A possible whetstone of unknown date, it is rectangular in shape and measures 71.72mm in length 30.47mm in width and 14.1mm in thickness. The stone appears to be a limestone and has scratches across its faces and deep diagonal grooves along one side. Both faces have circular semi-perforated holes in opposing corners, these holes are in the same position in both faces but why they were not drilled all the way through is unknown. It is possible that this object is unfinished.
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Battisford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CPAT-294466
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Small pebble with a worn depression. There is considerable doubt about whether this is a whetstone, it could just be a weathered stone.
Created on: Thursday 4th August 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-22AB88
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: LIN-A18C43
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
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 1st February 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-E7F3D5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A semi-circular piece of fine grained soft red sandstone that has been ground flat on one side and on one face which are at right angles to each other. There are striations on both flat surfaces. It is 56.1mm long, 19.4mm wide, and 14.4mm thick. It weighs 22.11gm. The stone is very soft so may have been used as a polishing stone rather than a hone. It may also be natural, though the straight edges look to be man made. This sort of object is almost impossible to date.
Created on: Thursday 28th May 2009
Last updated: Friday 23rd March 2012
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Record ID: SUSS-BED348
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small fragment of whetstone, which is probably medieval in date. The stone has been chipped and ground. Weight: 12.5g.
Created on: Thursday 30th March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Middleton-on-Sea', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-CEB7F5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A seemingly complete whetstone of uncertain date. The object has a round suspension hole, 6.6mm in diameter, at one end. In plan, the object is sub oval with flat upper and lower edges. It measures 46mm in length, 28mm across the 'shoulders', 13mm across the straightened upper edge, and 18.6mm across the straight lower edge. In cross-section it is sub-rectangular in shape tapering gently towards the lower end of the stone, as viewed in profile (max. 10.7mm, min. 9.4mm). All faces are fairly smooth, but the edges are smoother than the main surfaces. All corners and edges have been roun…
Created on: Friday 13th May 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Chichester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-69F813
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone or hone, of uncertain dating, but probably Roman to Post Medieval (AD 43 to AD 1800). The whetstone is sub rectangular in plan, and triangular in section. It has been made from a fine grained sedimentary sandstone or siltstone. An old diagonal break along the length is present on the reverse, giving the whetstone fragment the triangular shape. A figure of eight shaped perforation is present at the top, indicating that it had been created by the use of a drill on either side. The top of the whetstone has been bevelled on either side, to create a blunt top. The…
Created on: Wednesday 17th July 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 17th July 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Warwickshire', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-9990B7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Swindon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of undatable (200 BC-1800 AD) but probably Roman to medieval, hone or whetstone, measuring 42.21x41.00x20.59mm and weighing 48.45g. The stone has micaceous inclusions and is greyish in colour. The whetstone or hone is formed from a very fine grained sedimentary, mica rich sandstone or siltstone. It is rectangular in cross section and has a deep groove on both of the larger faces.
Created on: Friday 21st January 2011
Last updated: Friday 21st January 2011
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Record ID: SF-349252
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone object, probably a hone or whetstone of uncertain date. It is formed from a hard grey/brown stone, probably a schist or similar, with micaceous inclusions. The surviving fragment is rectangular in form and section, terminating at both ends in old breaks. Along one long side the edges have what appear to be longitudinal grooves or bevels, past which the object terminates in old breaks. The other three surviving surfaces are worn smooth and demonstrate signs of having been deliberately worn or used. It measures 77.37mm in length, 33.02mm in width, 19.28mm in thicknes…
Created on: Monday 28th May 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 30th May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickham Skeith', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-7F2742
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Three undated stone whetstones, all are incomplete - missing their ends, have a rectangular section and rectangular form and show signs of heavy use. 1 56mm long, 11mm thick and 20mm wide, weight 32.07grams. 2 90mm long, 17mm thick and 33mm wide weight 117grams 3 90mm long, 20mm thick and 27mm wide, weight 99.3grams.
Created on: Friday 13th April 2012
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2012
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Record ID: LIN-278052
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A whetstone made of schist or Norweigian ragstone. The surface is very fine and contains high quantities of small refractive ?quartz. The stone is rectangular in plan and in cross-section, broken at one end and with a circular hole drilled through the other. The hole is hour-glass shaped.
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Sleaford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-90E627
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cream coloured Fossiliferous Limestone Possible Rubber. Sub-triangular flat stone, smoothed on upper and lower surfaces and along two edges. This object was recovered as a possible miniature axe-head, a function for which the material is unsuitable. However, its flat smoothed form may be the result of either a natural processes - such as erosion in water - or utilisation. It resembles a pumice stone smoother, an item supplied in recent times for cosmetic use as a rubber to remove dead skin; pumice stone inserts were also used in pincushions to sharpen points. Such uses may have bee…
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 13th September 2012
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Record ID: WMID-6C0B32
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone object, possibly a fragement of a whetstone or honeing stone used for sharpening. What remains of the object is wedge shaped, tapering from 15.82 mm wide at its widest end to 9.33 mm wide at the break. The object has been pierced, possibly for suspension, near the widest end, with a hole measuring approximately 3.6 mm in diameter. The object measures 44.11 mm long, 5.48 mm thick and weighs 5.8 grams. Its date is uncertain.
Created on: Tuesday 24th April 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 19th March 2013
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-A830D0
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of a stone pebble, a micaceous metamorphic rock. It seems to be a natural pebble, oval in section, thickening and widening towards the broken end. The complete end is rounded. It is slightly curved in profile with a concave top and convex base. There appears to be some use polish on the concave top. It is 84.0mm long, 56.7mm wide at the break and 40.4mm thick; it weighs 225 grams. It is not a local rock but pebbles of many types of rock are found locally in rivers and estuaries brought in by water and glacial action. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age o…
Created on: Friday 27th April 2012
Last updated: Friday 27th April 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cossington', grid reference and parish protected.


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