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    • Material: Stone
    • Object type: WHETSTONE
    • Institution: SF

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Record ID: SF-88BBE9
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete and worn stone object, probably a whetstone or hone of uncertain date. It is formed from a very finely grained dark grey to black stone, and is square in section and rectangular in form. All surfaces show signs of extensive wear and corrosion, resulting in all corners being rounded and the surfaces slightly concave in places. Towards the old breaks there is what appears to be a single band or constriction running around the object. The entire object measures 31.54mm in length, 12.92mm in width, 11.30mm in thickness, and 9.18g in weight. This is probably a very worn st…
Created on: Thursday 5th March 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barking', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-4C90A3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and worn stone object, probably a whetstone or hone, of uncertain date. It is missing parts of both ends due to old breaks and demonstrates evidence of use-wear and post-depositional corrosion. The object is rectangular in form and section, formed from a fine grained and micaceous stone, probably a schist or similar. At the top is a central circular perforation that is countersunk on both faces suggesting it was drilled from both directions. One side of the top is missing due to old breaks. Both sides of the hone show signs of use wear and the tapering tip of the object …
Created on: Wednesday 19th February 2014
Last updated: Monday 24th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tolleshunt Darcy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-23F8A3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date. It is formed from a medium to dark grey fine grained and micaceous stone, perhaps a micaceous schist, and is square in section, rectangular in form, terminating in old breaks at one end. The surviving end is triangular in profile with a worn hourglass perforation, an attempted second circular perforation visible on one side of the complete end. The entire object measures 50.43mm in length, 10.98mm in width, 11.81mm in thickness and 13.24g in weight. This is an incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date, possibly dating to the Earl…
Created on: Monday 19th August 2013
Last updated: Thursday 6th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cavenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-23E526
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date. It is formed from a thin, dark grey and fine grained stone that is slate-like in appearance. The surviving fragment is rectangular in form, oval sectioned and terminates at one end in old breaks. At the butt end the sides taper to a squared off end where there is an off-centred hourglass perforation. The entire object measures 31.30mm in length, 14.92mm in width, 3.65mm in thickness and 3.54g in weight. This is an incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date, possibly dating to the Early Bronze Age (c.2550-1600 BC) or perhaps even t…
Created on: Monday 19th August 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 9th October 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cavenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-A6F958
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete worked stone object, probably a whetstone, hone or similar object of uncertain date. It is formed from a relatively hard pale white/brown stone that has sparse very small quartz-like inclusions. the entire object is rectangular in form, square in section and missing part of one side due to old breaks. The surfaces have extensive wear resulting in smooth edges and corners and there are traces of possible tool marks in places indicative of deliberate manufacture. It measures 62.13mm in length, 23.42mm in width, 23.76mm in thickness and 55.44g in weight. This appears to be …
Created on: Tuesday 12th February 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dalham', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: SF-09D678
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone hone, probably formed from a pale yellow/white schist, missing both ends due to old breaks. It is rectangular in form and section, with some damage to at least two faces and tapering slightly towards one end. All faces have evidence of use wear resulting in the surviving surfaces being worn smooth and the corners/edges rounded. It measures 153.48mm in length, 26.16mm in width, 20.83mm in thickness and 161.56g in weight. This is a simple stone (schist?) hone or whetstone. The lack of any distinctive typological features makes close dating of hte object impossible …
Created on: Thursday 8th December 2011
Last updated: Thursday 8th December 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Combs', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-4424E5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete hone stone of uncertain date. It is formed from a grey schist and terminates in old breaks towards its base. The hone is triangular in form and section, with flattened and slightly rounded suspension end and flaring base. At the suspension end is a drilled central circular aperture that is slightly wider in diameter on one face than the other. The two wider faces of the hone demonstrate signs of use-wear and become substantially thinner towards the old breaks probably as a result of extended periods of usage. This object measures 42.99mm in length, 16.68mm in width, 9.3…
Created on: Wednesday 6th July 2011
Last updated: Thursday 11th August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wortham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-F78873
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone or hone with a copper-alloy suspension loop attached, most likely to be of medieval date. The stone itself is grey in colour with fine micaeous inclusions, it is rectangular in shape and flaring in width towards its terminal, it is now fragmentary due to breaks, all surviving surfaces have grooves and striations on them, persumably created through use. The complete end of the hone has a complete suspension loop attached to it, this consists of a piece of copper-alloy which has rectangular terminal ends and a narrower rectangular loop in its centre. Each rect…
Created on: Wednesday 8th December 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd November 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Covehithe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-E9FB63
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete hone stone of uncertain date. It is formed from a grey/brown stone that has fine surfaces with traces of micaceous inclusions. The hone rectangular in form and section, tapering slightly towards the suspension end, and is missing the top of the suspension end and lower half of the object due to old breaks. At the suspension end are the remains of an incised transverse groove above which on opposing sides of the hone are drilled circular perforations/indentations that do ot perforate all the way through the object. These were probably utilised to secure the hone to a thon…
Created on: Thursday 25th November 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 14th December 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lakenheath', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-469FF2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A hone stone, of possible Anglo-Saxon to Medieval date. It is approximately rectangular, 41.79mm in length and 14.54mm in width tapering to one terminal. This is worn with rounded edges but broken off at the tip, and is perforated with a circular hole 6mm from the terminal edge. The hone is 5.4mm in thickness here, but tapers to 2.3mm at the opposite terminal, the edge of which is also worn.Both sides have been worn smooth. The hone weighs 4.37g. Hones of this type were for personal use and were perforated in order to suspend them from a leather belt. Examples are known from Viking …
Created on: Tuesday 13th October 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brockley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-7E18A7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete probable whetstone which could be Roman or later in date. Both terminals are incomplete due to old breaks. It is rectangular in plan but tapering in thickness towards one end. The wider end has a circular hole through it. The stone is dense and grey in colour. It measures 38.38mm in length, 14.22mm in width and 11.21mm in thickness.
Created on: Monday 24th September 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brockley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-3DEB66
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a whetstone, which could be Roman or later in date. This fragment is rectnagular in shape with one terminal end surviving, with rounded corners. There is a circular, possibly suspension hole through this temrinal end. The stone is hard grey, dense and has tiny specks of silver mica throughout. It measures 35.01mm in surviving length and 21.17mm in width it is 8.55mm in thickness. The hole is 4.75mm in diameter.
Created on: Friday 21st September 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Finborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-C6BF94
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
a complete whetstone of unknown date. It is a light grey stone with a little mica, rectangular in shape with a flattened oval cross-section at the terminals, which are both flat. There are two flat, rectangular areas, each with significant patches of wear, one near each terminal. They have been worked so as to create an angle of 45 degrees between them, resulting in an uworked central bulbous area. The whetstone measures 86.86mm in length and is 20.6mm wide. It varies in thickness between 11.34mm on the worn areas to 17.1mm in the centre. It weighs 50.77g. Whetstones were in use throug…
Created on: Tuesday 28th November 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shotley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-0B88E1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
a medieval stone hone. It is a complete rectangular hone 53.03mm long and 13.65mm wide at one terminal. It tapers to 9.52mm at the opposite terminal, which is rounded. A circular hole pierces through the hone at 12.51mm from the wider terminal.With the hole uppermost, the left side of the hone is worn, where it has been used for sharpening a blade. It weighs 13.25g. Similar hones have been found in a fourteenth century context, as at York and Winchester (refs. below) but this type of hone could be of any date from the tenth to fifteenth centuries.
Created on: Monday 13th February 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Covehithe', 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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