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Record ID: NMS-444A56
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete, probably medieval hone stone, with one end missing. The thickness and width are greatest near the complete end where the cross-section is a parallelogram (38 x 29mm). At the broken end the cross-section is sub-rectangular (29 x 20mm). The material is micaceous and pale grey. Length 126mm. 12th - 15th century.
Created on: Friday 18th December 2015
Last updated: Friday 18th December 2015
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Record ID: PUBLIC-848D45
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine grained, dark grey, oval-ended sandstone, broken at one end, used as a whetstone. A cone shaped stone with 3 sides having flat surfaces that have been smoothed by wear, and show evidence of being used for sharpening blades. The back is slightly concave and rougher. The improvised use of various stones from glacial drift for sharpening or rubbing stones is characteristic of the Roman and early Medieval periods until the Viking Age, when Scandinavian stones from the Telemark region became widely available. Suggested date: Unknown, Roman to early Medieval, 43 - 850. The known hist…
Created on: Wednesday 9th December 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 9th August 2016
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Record ID: NLM-DD2078
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Grey stone, probably Norwegian Schist. Whetstone fragment. Rectangular section fragment from a hone of imported Telemark Schist. Towards one end the object is broken across a hole of an hourglass form showing it was drilled from both sides. The hone narrows from its perforated upper end because of wear, and its longer narrow side is also lightly dished from use. Broken at both ends. The drilling of hones for suspended wear was characteristic of 'phyllite' hones of the later Anglo-Scandinavian period, though it was extended to the smaller Norwegian schist hones, made of a material whic…
Created on: Thursday 19th November 2015
Last updated: Thursday 19th November 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-89F91B
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete medieval to post-medieval honestone of very hard, fine-grained, pinkish grey micaceous sandstone. At the break the cross-section is trapezoidal, 42 x 19-23mm, and at the end it is rectangular, 64 x 43mm. Three faces are gently concave. The fourth face, a narrow one, is flat but scoured by two deep V-section sharpening grooves which run the full length. There are two shallower grooves on the end. Extant length 79mm. 12th - 17th century.
Created on: Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Last updated: Thursday 7th July 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: NLM-4437B0
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Sandstone whetstone fragment. Very slightly tapered cylindrical stone object, flat at its broader end and broken at the other. The sides are lightly dished and facetted by wear. The use of various stones for sharpening, either commercially imported or, more usually in this region, collected from local drift deposits, was especially characteristic of the Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon periods. Contact with Scandinavia introduced phyllite and schist hones which would dominate the market for hone stones until the later Middle Ages. Suggested date: Unknown, Roman to Early Medieval, 43-850…
Created on: Wednesday 19th August 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-8D3563
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete honestone undated but probably ancient, one end missing, of rectangular cross-section tapering slightly to sub-triangular terminal. There is a drilled perforation at the broken end, with a slightlblind hole on one face near the edge where the position has been adjusted. The unidentified stone is very smooth, fine-grained and dark grey/black. Extant length 57mm. Width 10mm. Thickness 8mm. Weight 10.02g.
Created on: Friday 17th July 2015
Last updated: Friday 17th July 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hilborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-776B49
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine grained dense grey stone, possible rubber or whetstone. Flat-sided oval ended river-washed pebble; one end chipped. The surface is possibly smoothed by wear overall. The form is probably natural and the stone derived from glacial drift. This might have been used as an improvised polisher for organic materials, including textiles, or alternatively as a whetstone. The use of adventitiously recovered stones for such functions is especially characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon period, sandwiched as it is between eras characterised by more systematic exploitation and marketing of stones …
Created on: Thursday 16th July 2015
Last updated: Thursday 16th July 2015
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Record ID: NLM-E99F66
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine grained Sandstone possible whetstone. Trapezoid straight-sided object of rectangular section, chipped at both ends and thickest at its wider end. The fine grained stone would lend itself to use as an improvised sharpener, and such mediocre honestones are most commonly reported from Roman contexts, though were also used before and after. Some doubt may be introduced by the tendency of some sedimentary stones to split neatly along bedding planes, as well as by other natural processes such as Aeolian sand-blasting, and by the lack of dishing from wear. Suggested date: Roman, 43-410.…
Created on: Monday 15th June 2015
Last updated: Monday 15th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-6CEBF8
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Undated decorative whetsone, 97mm long, 30mm wide, 15mm thick and weighing 82.31grams. The object is rectangular in form and cross section, with rounded edges and has a distinct green/black marbled surface. It has been heavily worn along its centre on both sides.
Created on: Tuesday 9th June 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 9th June 2015
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Record ID: LIN-DAB33E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A possible Middle Saxon object whetstone. The object is smaller than most whetstones, perhaps indicating it was used for fine working of objects. It is rectangular in section with a facet on all corners. It is broken at the thicker end, but tapers to a point at the terminal. Fine diagonal grooves are visible along both of the side faces but not the upper and lower faces, nor the facets.
Created on: Thursday 21st May 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Lindsey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-CCE2E7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Early Medieval or Medieval Whetstone or hone. The stone is sub rectangular, narrowing 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. At the complete end there is a circular perforation for suspension. the hole is hour glass shaped having been drilled from both sides and is 4.1mm in diameter in the centre. The stone is fine grained, grey to slightly grey green in colour and appears to have fi…
Created on: Friday 8th May 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
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Record ID: NMS-0D13F7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete whetstone of sub-rectangular cross-section, both ends broken, of highly micaceous fine grained grey stone. Width 35 - 29mm. Thickness 10.5 - 8mm. Extant length 47mm. There are engraved grooves on both broad faces. Probably Late Saxon or medieval.
Created on: Friday 17th April 2015
Last updated: Friday 17th April 2015
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Record ID: BERK-E7AA01
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone of uncertain date, but possibly post-medieval. The whetstone appears similar to some Neolithic axes but is not in fact an axe, and its size and form suggests that it was used for sharpening tools, possibly agricultural tools.
Created on: Wednesday 15th April 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 15th June 2016
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Record ID: NLM-7BF3BA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fine grained grey stone whetstone. A small bar-shaped hone with a drilled hole of diameter 4.2mm for suspension from a belt or girdle. Thinned by heavy wear, which has contributed a smoothly curved end; the object was probably discarded at the end of a long working life, having too little length left for whetting a blade. This material is sometimes described as purple phylite, though this description may embrace stones of various tints gathered from glacial drift as well as from geological sources in Scotland, Norway and elsewhere. 'Phylite' hones are prominent among whetstones of Ang…
Created on: Friday 10th April 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 28th April 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Northorpe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-3C1C9D
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete object made of sandstone, possibly a whetstone (hone stone) of Medieval to Modern date. The object is sub-rectangular. On one side, towards one of the shorter edges, there is a large rounded protrusion that may have been a handle. The object is broken at the opposite end to the protrusion. There are faint traces of lines running around the edge of the object that may have been a form of decoration or natural feature in the rock. There are marks across the surface on all sides which may have been caused by a blade being sharpend on the object, suggesting that this is a…
Created on: Tuesday 7th April 2015
Last updated: Friday 10th April 2015
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Record ID: NLM-3ACFB3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Norwegian Schist Whetstone fragment. A sub-cylindrical mullion or bar of fine-grained grey-green stone with two flattened and one lightly dished faces; both ends broken. The stone comes from the Telemark region of Norway, and importation from the 12th century onwards established its effective dominance over the market for sharpening stones in England throughout the medieval period. Suggested date: Medieval, 1200-1450. Length: 51.3mm, Diameter: 22.6mm, Weight: 44.88gms.
Created on: Tuesday 7th April 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 21st April 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Pilham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-595B09
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete, probably medieval hone stone of sub-rectangular section, with one end missing. The thickness and width are greatest near the complete end. The material is micaceous, greenish grey with off-white or very pale grey streaks. Length 85mm. Thickness 13.5 - 17.8mm. Width 36 - 40.3mm. 12th - 15th century.
Created on: Sunday 15th March 2015
Last updated: Sunday 15th March 2015
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