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    • Object type: WHETSTONE
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Record ID: SWYOR-095CA7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A rectangular length of lightweight, dark, fine-grained stone that has probably been used as a whetstone (hone or sharpening stone) as there are a number of shallow grooves on three of the surfaces. It is difficult to date with certainty but it probably dates from the Early-Medieval to Medieval periods. It is pierced at one end and a copper-alloy rivet remains in the piercing. At each end of the rivet is a small section of copper-alloy plate, probably forming a suspension mount, most of which has broken away in antiquity and is missing. The opposite end of the stone to the suspension …
Created on: Friday 15th January 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2012
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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: DOR-2205A5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a whetstone. It is square sectioned with a break at either end. One end flares out and has a long, central groove on one face. The opposite face has an angled groove at the other end. A fine grained, laminated, micaceous siltsone or mudstone. Date: Not closely datable, but probably Medieval to Post Medieval - 12th to 18th century Dimensions: 44.76 mm x 31.93 mm x 20.31 mm Weight: 42.52 g Weight: 8g
Created on: Thursday 17th September 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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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: LIN-29E6D4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone or honestone. The object is oval in cross-section measuring 29 x 32mm at the break and tapering to 11 x 10mm at the tip. The length of the whetstone is 93mm.
Created on: Wednesday 12th August 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-D7D943
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone. The whetstone is rectangular in cross-section and tapers from the break to the complete end. Probably medieval.
Created on: Monday 27th July 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Billingborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-885A43
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone, probably dating to the medieval period. The whetstone is rectangular in plan and tapers from end to end.
Created on: Thursday 23rd July 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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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: BERK-0E2784
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A very fine early medieval polished whetstone pendant, made from a light black stone. There is a suspension hole at the top which has been pierced fom both sides to give a clean even finish. There are numerous shallow linear scores visible on both sides of the whetstone. This whetstone was probably used for the final finishing sharpening rather than the initial sharpening. The whetstone measures 76.50mm long, 13.91mm wide and 6.89mm thick. It weighs 15 grams.
Created on: Thursday 11th June 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: WILT-E77056
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete sandstone probable hone stone, measuring 88.99x(max)70.71x(max)27.89mm and weighing 212.10g. The widest edge is also the thinnest, the incomplete stone being wedge-shaped and triangular in cross-section. Both faces display shallow grooves. Neolithic to Victorian in date, perhaps Prehistoric or Medieval/ Post-Medieval, given that hones between these dates tend to be long and narrow.
Created on: Tuesday 9th June 2009
Last updated: Friday 28th April 2017
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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-6D7F95
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a flat oval polishing stone or whetstone of probable Roman to Post Medieval date. It measures 67.1mm by 65.8mm by 35.5mm and weighs 204g. The base is polished flat and very smooth in the centre, rougher at the edges. The sides are rounded and the top is rough and slightly concave. The stone appears to be a fine grained igneous or metamorphic rock with narrow quartz veins. It is mid grey in the centre with a mid brown weathered outer surface.
Created on: Friday 22nd May 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Chichester', 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: SWYOR-DC6041
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MODERN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A rectangular block of hard, fine-grained, dark grey stone, probably used for honing blades. There are scratches and shallow grooves on all faces of the stone and one face has a more deeply incised transverse groove. It is 82.3mm in length, 24.5mm wide, and 25.2mm thick. It weighs 129.3gm. Hone stones have been used throughout history, but the regularity of this one suggests that is may have been machine cut, and so it is probably 19th or 20th century in date. It was lost before it was used very much, since no side is worn down into the hollow that is often seen. When cutting hay with…
Created on: Thursday 9th April 2009
Last updated: Friday 23rd March 2012
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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: 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: LIN-01B557
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: 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: LON-721A34
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post Medieval – Modern stone whetstone (16th – 19th century). The whetstone has a D-shaped cross-section and there is a circular perforation just off-centre in the upper third of the object. Part of the flat long surface is missing and one end is damaged. There is no evidence of use-wear polishing but this may have been lost with the damage to the surface, or the object was never used. Dimensions: length: 195.46mm; width: 59.77mm; thickness: 31.16mm
Created on: Monday 4th August 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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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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