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    • Object type: WHETSTONE
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Record ID: NLM-CC5855
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine grained Sandstone possible Whetstone fragment. A flat-sided water-rolled cobble with both flat surfaces apparently smoothed or dished by wear, which may extend to one slightly concave side. Broken at one end. 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. Length: 76.6mm, Width: 57mm, Thickness: 24.1mm, Weight: 159.18gms.
Created on: Thursday 12th February 2015
Last updated: Friday 13th February 2015
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Record ID: NLM-E5FD8E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Compacted fine Sandstone [non-specialist identification by MF] water rolled cobble possible whetstone. Oval-ended pebble broken at one end. The object now bears a sooty looking deposit. The use of various erratic stones as improvised rubbers or grinders and sharpeners was common from Prehistory through to the end of the Early Medieval period, when access to better sharpening stones from Scandinavia led them to dominate the market. It is, however, possible that the limited wear on this example is the result of accidental or natural processes. Suggested date: Unknown, possibly 800 BC-AD
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 21st January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kelstern', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-E5E958
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Compacted fine Sandstone [non-specialist identification by MF] water rolled cobble possible whetstone. Oval-ended pebble broken at one end. One face is smoothed by (presumably) longitudinal wear. The object now bears a sooty-looking deposit. The use of various erratic stones as improvised rubbers or grinders and sharpeners was common from Prehistory through to the end of the Early Medieval period, when access to better sharpening stones from Scandinavia led them to dominate the market. It is, however, possible that the limited wear on this example is the result of accidental or natura…
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 21st January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kelstern', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-09CFC5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The pointed tip from a broken stone whetstone or hone. The whetstone is made from very fine-grained sandstone with mica flecks and areas with black patches. The material is very similar to coal measures sandstone but this has not been verified as the source for the stone. The stone is a pointed triangle in plan and sub-triangular in section. The sides are highly polished and faceted from the repeated action of sharpening blades.
Created on: Monday 10th November 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 26th November 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Utterby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-6748C7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete possible whetstone or hone of uncertain dating (from the Roman period onwards, c.AD 43 to 1800). It is rectangular in shape and lentoid in cross-section, with the edges of the object being blunted to give straight sides, increasing in height from the intact short edge to max.11mm tall. One end is broken diagonally while the other (intact edge) is a little damaged. The intact edge is slightly curving and has damage on both faces from wear. Iron staining is visible on both faces. It measures 67.57mm in length, 48.09mm in max.width and 17.55mm in max.thickness, weighing 5…
Created on: Thursday 9th October 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 29th October 2014
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Record ID: HAMP-672531
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of possible whetstone or hone of uncertain dating (from the Roman period onwards, c.AD 43 to 1800). It is rectangular in shape and square in cross-section, being broken at both ends (narrowing from 29.29x28.70 to 27.21x27.81). It measures 65.09mm in length and weighs 86g. The stone is porous with micaceous inclusions, probably a coarse-grained sandstone and of the same material as HAMP-6748C7, which was found with it. The object itself is barely worn. Helen Rees, Winchester Museums, comments the stone type would be unusual for a whetsonte or hone (pers.comm. October 2014).
Created on: Thursday 9th October 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 29th October 2014
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Record ID: HAMP-661272
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone or hone of probable Scandinavian (Norwegian) origin and made of schist. The whetstone is sub-rectangular in plan and cross-section, with one finished edge and face, both slightly concave in profile, the other edges being smooth but bumpy and unfinished. Both short edges appear broken. Towards one end a 'corner' is cut off. This end has a piercing, central between the cut-off corner and the finished edge, in a wide U-shaped groove. It is countersunk from both faces, measuring c.5.8mm diameter on the outside and c.4mm at the centre. Presumably this was for suspe…
Created on: Thursday 9th October 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 29th October 2014
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Record ID: LVPL-55FA3C
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete possible whetstone of uncertain date. The stone is lentoid in profile and circular in section constructed from fine grained sandstone with a high mica component. Each end of the object has broken away. A deep linear groove measuring 5.16mm in width runs transverse across the centre of one face, possibly caused by sharpening tools. This form of whetstone is fairly ubiquitous throughout history. It is difficult to say that this is definitely a whetstone as natural stones could be used for this purpose without much working to make them suitable. Whetstones are known to h…
Created on: Friday 26th September 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 1st October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Collingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-DA1F09
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Whetstone of uncertain (but far from recent) date, discoidal and sub-circular, in fine grained grey stone. One flat face is smooth, the other less so and with a substantial V-sectioned groove running from edge to edge, set slightly off-centre and deepest at mid-point. There is a narrower V-sectioned groove on the side. Diameter 76 - 82mm. Thickness 24mm. Weight 288g. Maximum width and depth of large groove 16 and 10mm, of small groove 6 and 4mm.
Created on: Monday 8th September 2014
Last updated: Monday 8th September 2014
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Record ID: NMS-00899D
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval honestone of Norwegian Ragstone. The cross-section is sub-rectangular with the narrow sides quite flat but the two broad faces irregularly convex. Close to the slightly damaged narrower end an encircling V-sectioned groove with overlapping ends was presumably to take a suspension cord (a drilled perforation is the more normal method). Below the groove the sides are straight and then gently diverge before a rounded lower end. Length 84mm. Width 21.5 - 28mm. Thickness 10.5 - 14.5mm. Weight 55.98g. Norwegian Ragstone was imported in quantity before the Conquest (Moore, D.T. and …
Created on: Tuesday 17th June 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 17th June 2014
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Record ID: LVPL-E2F8BD
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete stone object, probably a whetstone or hone, of uncertain date. The object is rectangular in plan and cross-section. It is formed of a fine grained dark grey stone, possibly slate. The base of one face of the object and almost all of the opposite face is damaged where some of the stone has split away from the main body of the object. Riveted to the top of the object is a rectangular strip of copper alloy forming an attachment loop. One end of the strip is cut in a diagonal while the opposite end is irregular. The strip measures c.10mm in width at each end and narrows t…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 4th June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Washingborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-C01ED7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roughly rectangular sandstone pebble, fairly flat on both faces, broken at one end, the long edges worn smooth from use as a whetstone. Surviving dimensions 135 x 82 x 34mm. Undateable, but unlikely to be prehistoric and probably Early Medieval, medieval or post-medieval.
Created on: Monday 14th April 2014
Last updated: Sunday 15th March 2015
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Record ID: LANCUM-555A06
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possibly an Early Medieval whetstone, dating to the period c.AD 410-1066. The whetstone is rectangular in cross-section and broadly rectangular in plan. The top (which may have had a hole for suspension) is missing. The opposide end is faceted, creating a flat-topped rectangular pyramid. The stone is grey-brown in colour, with micaceous inclusions. Cf. LIN-3D5C6E and LIN-B69761
Created on: Wednesday 9th April 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 29th June 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Spilsby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-6D5CE2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete whetstone of possible Early Medieval or Medieval date (c.800 - 1400 AD). The whetstone is made from a very fine sedimentary mica rich sandstone. It is sub-rectangular in plan with tapering edges, and is broadly rectangular in section. There is a small circular perforated hole (5.2mm diameter) drilled through the narrower top edge; this would have been used to suspend the whetstone from a belt and aid safe keeping. There is a slight worn hollow approximately half way down the one edge which is likely to have been caused though use. There are also several other chips around t…
Created on: Monday 17th March 2014
Last updated: Friday 23rd May 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Prees Heath', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-476F22
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Three hone stone fragments, all with both ends missing and perhaps all medieval. Two are very short (35 and 39mm), of trapezoidal cross-section and affected by fire. The larger piece (length 184mm), of irregular ovoid cross-section and probably of Norwegian Ragstone. This stone was imported in quantity before the Conquest (Moore, D.T. and Ellis, S.E. in Rogerson and Dallas 1984, 107-11) and in Norfolk remained "the preferred material for hones during the late medieval period" (Mills, J.M. with Moore, D. in Shepherd Popescu 2009, 709). Combined weight 348g.
Created on: Saturday 15th March 2014
Last updated: Saturday 15th March 2014
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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: LIN-4C5057
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete whetstone. It is rectangular in plan, measuring 27x37mm at, and has rounded terminals. The object is at its thickest approximately 3/4ths along its length. Probably Early Medieval.
Created on: Friday 7th February 2014
Last updated: Monday 10th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Lindsey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-208832
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete probable whetstone or hone, which could be of Roman to Modern date. The stone is a fine grained grey silt- or mudstone and has clearly been intentionally shaped. All four sides are long and sub-triangular, each triangle alternately tapering in a different direction, meaning that each end expands at an angle to the other. There is a break at each end. A slight depression in the centre of one of these breaks suggests that the stone may have been perforated originally. Several similar whetstones can be seen in the Meols report (Griffiths et al. 2007, 246, pl.57, no.3315-333…
Created on: Wednesday 5th February 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 11th March 2014
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Record ID: LVPL-54DE92
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wrexham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date. The object is formed medium to dark grey fine grained and micaceous schist. It is rectangular in form and cross-section. At the top of the object the stone has been carved forming a circular collar and rounded projection. On top of this a piece of lead has been cast forming a 'cap'. The lead 'cap' has been perforated to enable suspension. The lead 'cap' has separated from the stone however originally would have been firmly attached. There is damage to the base of the 'cap' and to the base of the whetstone also. Whetstones or hones,…
Created on: Tuesday 14th January 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 14th January 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Rossett', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-FF4A27
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably a whetstone dating from the early medieval period. The object is roughly rectangular in shape and has a rectangular cross section. The surface on one side is rougher than on the other three sides which are very smooth. There are two parallel 'cuts' around the top part of the object which is where a string may have been attached to it. There is no evidence of a perforation.
Created on: Friday 10th January 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 5th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carnforth', grid reference and parish protected.


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