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Record ID: BUC-96740E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Buckinghamshire
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A n undated whetstone, possibly incomplete. The piece is sub-cylindrical, having an oval cross section and being roughly finished at both ends. The material is a light brown sandstone and there are no signs of the piece having been used.
Created on: Wednesday 18th March 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 17th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Quainton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-FE9176
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Warwickshire
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A sandstone whetstone of uncertain date, possibly Roman. It is sub-rectangular in plan and section. The whetstone has four, possibly five grinding surfaces which are saddle-like; it has sustained plough damage which has given it two uneven sides. It is a light to mid-brown medium to coarse sandstone. It measures 98.32mm in length, 60.82mm wide and weighs 648.9grams.
Created on: Monday 18th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th September 2018
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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 have…
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 30th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Ravendale', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-85A46B
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
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A fragment of probable whetstone or hone of uncertain dating (from the Roman period onwards, c.AD 43 to 1800). It is cylindrical in shape with (broken) projections on two adjacent 'faces'; approximately one third of the cylinder shape is also missing. It measures 33.0mm in length, 34.6mm in diameter, 39.5mm in width, 34.5mm in thickness and weighs 48.86g. The stone is a fine grained sandstone with micaceous inclusions and a metallic black sheen to the outside edge.
Created on: Wednesday 25th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 25th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bishops Waltham', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: BM-CFCCB2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Darlington
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A complete stone, possibly a whetstone, of unknown date. The stone is wedge-shaped with an elarged semi-circular area at one end. This was possibly used for sharpening knives or tools. The stone measures 151mm in length, a maximum of 65mm in width and maximum of 49mm in thickness.
Created on: Thursday 29th September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: BM-CF77A2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Darlington
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A complete wedge-shaped stone, possibly a whetstone, of unknown date. This was possibly used for sharpening knives or tools. The stone measures 133mm in length,a maximum of 39mm in width and 31mm in thickness. The stone weighs 296 grams.
Created on: Thursday 29th September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: BM-CF87FC
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Darlington
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A complete wedge-shaped stone, possibly a whetstone, of unknown date. This was possibly used for sharpening knives or tools. The stone measures 148mm in length,a maximum of 51mm in width and maximum of 36mm in thickness. The stone weighs 259 grams.
Created on: Thursday 29th September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: BM-CFB553
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Darlington
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A complete wedge-shaped stone, possibly a whetstone, of unknown date. This was possibly used for sharpening knives or tools. The stone measures 141mm in length, a maximum of 68mm in width and maximum of 34mm in thickness.
Created on: Thursday 29th September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 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: LIN-93ADE1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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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: LIN-01B557
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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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 1st February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Threekingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-FA3685
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
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 1st February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sleaford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-DBA476
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete schist whetstone. The whetstone is rectangular in plan and in cross-section.
Created on: Thursday 7th October 2010
Last updated: Thursday 1st February 2018
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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: 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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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 weig…
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 17th January 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-4C1CF5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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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