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

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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 to …
Created on: Wednesday 4th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 25th October 2017
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Record ID: YORYM-E160E3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone, dating to the early Medieval to Medieval period (c.AD 700-1400). The object is broadly rectangular in plan, and triangular in cross section. It is dark brown in colour with very fine micaerous inclusions. A number of linear striations are present on all sides which reveal a light coloured stone underneath. It has a worn break at each terminal, and it is likely that it was pierced at one end and the break has exposed the aperture. It is likely that this hone would have been suspended around the neck by means of the hole at one terminal. Stuart Ogilvy (geologist…
Created on: Monday 24th October 2016
Last updated: Friday 13th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Driffield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-E091A8
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Three fragments of possible whetstones, dating to the period c.AD 43-1700. Fragments 1 and 2 are possibly from the same artefact. It is not possible to suggest a narrower date range, however it should be noted that these fragments are all from a site with known Early Medieval activity. Fragment 1 is broadly trapezoidal in plan with a break along its narrowest and widest sides. This break extends into the body from the narrowest edge and therefore some of the surface is missing. The stone is buff in colour and Stuart Ogilvey (geologist) states that it is a fine grained, siliceous sands…
Created on: Monday 24th October 2016
Last updated: Friday 13th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Driffield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-3825F8
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone or hone of unknown date. The stone is rectangular in plan and cross-section. One end is rounded with a slightly off-centre circular suspension hole 10.14 mm from the edge. The other end is missing, with a rough worn and uneven break. The other surfaces are smooth, although there are some deep cut marks near the break. Whetstones such as this were probably used for re-sharpening blades of knives, scythes, axes and other tools. Whetstones are known from the Roman period onwards, however without decoration or context it is difficult to assign a defined date r…
Created on: Thursday 4th February 2016
Last updated: Thursday 11th February 2016
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Record ID: YORYM-3DBD35
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and worn stone object, probably a whetstone or hone of uncertain date. The object is formed from a finely grained dark reddish-grey stone, with a square section and sub-rectangular form with breaks to either end. Cut marks and wear are present over all surfaces. The object is 65.7mm long, 32.7mm wide, 31.1mm thick and weighs 126g. While it is extremely difficult to date whetstones accurately without any supporting contextual evidence the area in which this object was found displays a high degree of Early-Medieval activity and is therefore likely to date to this period.
Created on: Tuesday 6th October 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 7th October 2015
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Record ID: YORYM-3DAA6C
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and worn stone object, probably a whetstone or hone of uncertain date. The object is formed from a finely grained dark grey stone, with an ovate section and sub-rectangular form with breaks to either end. Cut marks are present over both surfaces. The object is 70.3mm long, 31.1mm wide, 14.1mm thick and weighs 51.1g. While it is extremely difficult to date whetstones accurately without any supporting contextual evidence the area in which this object was found displays a high degree of Early-Medieval activity and is therefore likely to date to this period.
Created on: Tuesday 6th October 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 7th October 2015
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Record ID: YORYM-3D9AFA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and worn stone object, probably a whetstone or hone of uncertain date. The object is formed from a finely grained dark grey stone, with a triangular section and sub-rectangular in form with one rounded terminal and a break to the opposite end. One surface is very smooth while another has been obscured by the addition of a white paint-like substance by the finder. The base is rough with a slight curve. The object is 40.4mm long, 21.3mm wide, 17.5mm thick and weighs 25.9g. While it is extremely difficult to date whetstones accurately without any supporting contextua…
Created on: Tuesday 6th October 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 7th October 2015
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Record ID: YORYM-BE1C37
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone of probableEarly-Medieval date. The stone is cylindrical in profile and circular in section constructed from a fine grained sandstone with a high mica component. One end of the object appears to terminate in an old break, all other surfaces are smoothed. While this form of whetstone is fairly ubiquitous throughout history its association with securely dated Early-Medieval material would suggest a comparable date for this example.
Created on: Wednesday 2nd October 2013
Last updated: Monday 24th February 2014
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Record ID: YORYM-F5D347
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Leeds
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible whetstone of uncertain date. The whetstone is formed from a micaceous shale and is sub-rectangular in both plan and section. The stone is 129.4mm long, 40.6mm wide, 15.2mm thick and weighs 109g. Due to a lack of contextual evidence and any diagnostic features it is not possible to date or identify this object with any degree of certainty.
Created on: Thursday 1st September 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 14th September 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thorner', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-F17BB0
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete whetstone probably dating to the early-medieval period. The whetstone is rectilinear in plan and relatively square in section. One end narrows slightly, each end is angled slightly, parallel to each other. The stone is a fine-grained, micaceous rock, probably schistose in origin. There appears to be no garnet present or clear schistoze texture which has been clearly apparent in nearly all of the other whetstone seen through the Yorkshire FLO office. The surface has badly damaged, most of the marks are relatively new which probably indicates plough damage. This whetstone pro…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd April 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Paull', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-4399F2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large fragment of whetstone, which is probably early-medieval in date. Numberous whetstones made in this material have been found in the East Ridings of Yorkshire in Viking contexts. The stone from which the whetstone has been carved is a fine-grained stone such as Mica Schist, sourced in Scandinavia. The stone has been chipped and ground into the whetstone shape and has large chamfered edges. The chamfered edges are still very obvious. Weight: 85g.
Created on: Thursday 12th February 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Yapham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-AF84D7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large fragment of worked stone, that could be a whetstone, which is probably early-medieval in date. Numberous whetstones made in this material have been found in the East Ridings of Yorkshire in Viking contexts. The stone from which the whetstone has been carved is a fine-grained Mica Schist, sourced in Scandinavia. The stone has been chipped and ground. It is unusually shaped with a waisted section and a rounded, bulbous terminal. The opposite terminal is broken.
Created on: Tuesday 19th August 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Yapham', 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: YORYM-019C57
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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-ACA3C7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A large fragment of whetstone, which is probably early-medieval in date. Numberous whetstones made in this material have been found in the East Ridings of Yorkshire in Viking contexts. The stone from which the whetstone has been carved is a fine-grained Mica Schist, sourced in Scandinavia. The stone has been chipped and ground into the whetstone shape and has large chamfered edges. The chamfered edges are still very obvious. Weight: 94g.
Created on: Wednesday 14th November 2007
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: YORYM-B0A094
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Large hone stone. Roughly rectangular in section, with evidence of heavy or long-term use. Material is a fine-grained micaceous garnet schist (almost certainly from the same imported source as other local Honestones in the Yorkshire Museum collection) suggesting a late Anglo-Scandinavian date. The heavy wear may suggest prolonged use into the medieval period.
Created on: Tuesday 21st August 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brompton-on-Swale', grid reference and parish protected.


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