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    • Object type: WHETSTONE
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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
Spatial data recorded.


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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: ROMAN
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 24th February 2011
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: ROMAN
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 24th February 2011
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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Record ID: SWYOR-FD4682
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a sandstone “Scythe stone” of unknown date, but probably from the Post medieval period. The stone would have been cylindrical but the ends and one side are broken. It is 87.6mm long, 43.7mm wide and 32.5mm thick. It tapers slightly towards one end which is extensively damaged making the shape of the section difficult to determine. This stone was initially thought to be a hone stone, but on further consideration it was realised that this use would produce a rectangular stone with concave sides where the tool has been rubbed to sharpen it, not the neat circular shape e…
Created on: Tuesday 18th March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SWYOR-FD3481
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a gritstone “scythe stone” of unknown date but probably post medieval. The stone is cylindrical with broken ends and many irregular grooves on the surface. It is 84.1mm long, 36.9mm wide and 35.6mm thick. It tapers slightly towards one end, which is rather more oval than circular in section. This stone was initially thought to be a hone stone, but on further consideration it was realised that this use would produce a rectangular stone with concave sides where the tool has been rubbed to sharpen it, not the neat circular shape evident on this example. It has since bee…
Created on: Tuesday 18th March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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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: 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: NLM-3D12C7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone hone of unknown date. The sub-rectangular hone is slightly waisted in the centre and is probably incomplete. It is made from a brown hard mud or siltstone with fine grains and is smooth to touch. The sides of the hone have silvery inclusions and black markings that are not present on the front or back face. The hone tapers in thickness at one end and has a circular perforation (diameter is 5.5mm) that has been drilled from both faces. One face has much more wear than the other with worn grooves and marks. The surviving length is 90.8mm, the width is 33.3mm, the thickness is 20.…
Created on: Tuesday 26th February 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Welton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-5ABA34
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A whetstone or hone which is 117.3mm long, 52.7mm wide and 34.6mm thick. The stone is sub-rectangular in plan with rounded corners. It appears to be a water worn pebble which has not been deliberately shaped. One face has been used as a whetstone though. This face is very smooth and worn, but the other have not been used and are rougher. There is a semi-spherical hole in one side face of the stone, closer to one end. This appears to be natural as there are no striations within the hole to suggest deliberate working. It may be the result of an air bubble or pocket less durable material…
Created on: Friday 15th February 2008
Last updated: Wednesday 4th June 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SWYOR-5756A4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone whetstone which is 56.6mm long, 14.5mm wide and 7.8mm thick. The stone is rectangular in section and is wider at one end. The narrower end may be an old break. There is a circular perforation in the wider end which appreas to have been drilled from one side. The stone is a very fine-grained purple-brown stone with small particles of mica (possibly a sort of metamorphosed slate?) which is quite soft; it can be marked with a fingernail. The date of this object is uncertain. Whetstones are known from the Roman period onwards, and without decoration or context are very hard to …
Created on: Friday 15th February 2008
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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