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    • Material: Stone
    • Object type: WHETSTONE
    • County: Somerset

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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: 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 20th centu…
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
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 Medieval date …
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-6C53B3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One end of a micaceous fine sandstone whetstone. The whetstone is oval in section and an bar shape with one rounded end and one straight end which is probably broken. One side is distinctly more polished and concave from use. It is 108.4mm long, 59.6mm wide at the break and 41.1mm thick; it weighs 498 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 onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th century.…
Created on: Thursday 11th October 2012
Last updated: Monday 3rd April 2017
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Record ID: SOM-89AD03
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Early Medieval or Medieval whetstone or hone. The stone is sub rectangular with slightly concave long edges so it widens slightly towards each end. One end is complete with rounded corners, the other ends in an old break. In section it has straight sides and slighty convex faces. It thickens slightly towards the complete end before thinning to a rounded edge. Just before the break is a circular perforation for suspension. the hole is hour glass shaped having been drilled from both sides and is 3.8mm in diameter in the centre. The stone is fine grained, grey to slightly grey green in c…
Created on: Tuesday 18th September 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 12th December 2012
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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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Record ID: SOM-FB1291
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment probably of a smooth grained whetstone or polishing stone. It was found together with a large collection of Medieval pottery shards, suggesting that it is also likely to date from this period. Length: 65.15mm, Width: 42.52mm, Thickness: 13.68mm Weight: 73.55g
Created on: Tuesday 15th September 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 15th February 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Westbury', 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: 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: SOM-FFB2D5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A probable whetstone fragment which is likely to be of Roman to post-medieval date. The unbroken surfaces exhibit some polish and the only original edge is at a ninety degree angle. The stone is a fine-grained micaceous sandstone (pers. comm. Dennis Parsons, Curator of Natural History, Somerset County Museum). Dimensions: 51mm by 44.8mm by 20.3mm Weight: 42.8g
Created on: Tuesday 18th September 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mells', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-BA9D42
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of broken sandstone whetstone found in association with early Roman pottery and possibly dating to that period (c. AD 50-250). The whetstone is approximately square in cross-section, although it widens at one end to accomodate a perforation by which it could have been suspended. It is broken at a length of 41mm. It is 13.9mm wide, 11.4mm thick, and weighs 11.1g.
Created on: Monday 15th January 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton', grid reference and parish protected.


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