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    • Object type: WHETSTONE
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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: CAM-5EE3F2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A whetstone of uncertain date. Weight 128.70g, length 93.24mm, width 28.95mm, thickness 23.48mm.
Created on: Tuesday 19th July 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 13th February 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Cambridgeshire District Area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-4424E5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete hone stone of uncertain date. It is formed from a grey schist and terminates in old breaks towards its base. The hone is triangular in form and section, with flattened and slightly rounded suspension end and flaring base. At the suspension end is a drilled central circular aperture that is slightly wider in diameter on one face than the other. The two wider faces of the hone demonstrate signs of use-wear and become substantially thinner towards the old breaks probably as a result of extended periods of usage. This object measures 42.99mm in length, 16.68mm in width, 9.3…
Created on: Wednesday 6th July 2011
Last updated: Thursday 11th August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wortham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-321244
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible whetstone, hone-stone or polishing stone. A shaped quartzite pebble (probably a beach pebble). The pebble has several angular facets resulting in its broadly rectilinear shape. The profile shape is pentagonal. On both of the long faces there are areas of wear at the short edges. The upper surface, where two facets join together producing a central ridge (the point of the pentagonal profile) is slightly more smooth than the other surfaces. Date: Uncertain Dimensions: 83.81 mm x 47.53 mm x 58.63 mm Weight: 420 g (approx)
Created on: Tuesday 5th July 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 5th July 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NLM-E1A5D1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MODERN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine Grained Moderately Compacted Sandstone Whetstone fragment. Segment broken from a wheel-mounted whetstone of estimated external diameter 300mm. Both sides have a broad flat rim. The central aperture had an estimated diameter of 140mm, suggesting an axle engaged another wooden element in contact with the stone itself to make it lighter and easier to turn. Suggested date: Modern, 1850-1950. This object was kindly identified by Sandra Firth, Hazel West and Helen Fry of the North Lincolnshire Pottery Research Group. Thickness: 40mm, Weight: 470gms.
Created on: Tuesday 7th June 2011
Last updated: Monday 20th June 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickenby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-E415D7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone. Moderately compacted medium grained quartzitic Sandstone. Hone. Fragment of a conical whetstone, probably lathe turned and perhaps also used on a sharpening wheel or spindle, broken at both its ends. The stone does not appear especially suitable to this use. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1600-1800. Diameter: 39.8mm, Length: 76.7mm, Weight: 133.72gms.
Created on: Thursday 26th May 2011
Last updated: Monday 20th June 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickenby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-E3C6E4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone; Grey fine-grained micaceous sandstone. Hone fragment. Fragment from a lathe-turned whetstone of conical form, broken at both ends. The object retains a regular round section, which could suggest it was mounted on a turning axle in a frame when in use. Suggested date: Post-Medieval to Modern, 1700-1900. Diameter: 33.7mm, Length: 90.4mm, Weight: 115.73gms.
Created on: Thursday 26th May 2011
Last updated: Friday 17th June 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickenby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-CEB7F5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A seemingly complete whetstone of uncertain date. The object has a round suspension hole, 6.6mm in diameter, at one end. In plan, the object is sub oval with flat upper and lower edges. It measures 46mm in length, 28mm across the 'shoulders', 13mm across the straightened upper edge, and 18.6mm across the straight lower edge. In cross-section it is sub-rectangular in shape tapering gently towards the lower end of the stone, as viewed in profile (max. 10.7mm, min. 9.4mm). All faces are fairly smooth, but the edges are smoother than the main surfaces. All corners and edges have been roun…
Created on: Friday 13th May 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Chichester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-16E164
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An igneous stone (granite?) whetstone of uncertain date. The stone is finely finished and shaped with a carved sub-oval 'tang' to slot into a handle. The sides are straight and there is a ridge running down the centre of one face, making the stone pentagonal in shape. The blade is truncated and as its terminal is not so smooth as the edges of the rest of the blade this would seem to be through damage rather than wear through use. The stone is a dark grey to black in colour with fine inclusions, but is an orangey brown in colour where it has been shaped to fit the handle, and to a less…
Created on: Tuesday 29th March 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 29th March 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-35A3C5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete rectangular whetstone, which is very difficult to date, but is most likely to date from the Roman-post-medival period, i.e. c. AD43-1800. The stone is rectangular in shape and about 14.9mm thick. The surfaces are smooth, but the smoothest part are the sides which were probably used for resharpening blades of knives, axes and other tools. Stray finds of whetstones are notoriously difficult to date and only very few found out of context can be dated to, e.g. the Roman or medieval period because of their shape and/or a perforation for suspension. This whetstone does not bear a…
Created on: Friday 18th March 2011
Last updated: Friday 25th March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cockermouth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-138FA4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete whetstone worked from a bladed beach pebble of silty sandstone that has a trimmed and faceted end (Dr Roger Taylor pers comm) and flat vertical sides. The whetstone is rectangular in plan, with straight sides and one broken end. There are percussion marks at the faceted end and a large flake missing from the opposite end. Both sides and one face are flat and worn where they were used for sharpening and polishing metal. There are Devonian (Portscatho Formation) sandstones, potentially suitable for whetstones, on the coast between Loe Pool and Polurrian Cove in the northwest …
Created on: Wednesday 16th March 2011
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
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Record ID: CORN-E43286
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete whetstone worked from a bladed beach pebble of silty sandstone that has trimmed and faceted ends and a faceted edge on both sides (Dr Roger Taylor pers comm). The whetstone is sub-rectangular in plan, with two rounded ends and straight sides. There are percussion marks and damage at both ends and a large chip missing from one edge. There are also many grooves cut into the surface, perhaps by the plough, though there are three incised chevrons in a herring-bone pattern on one face, which may be deliberate. Both faces are flat and worn where they were used for sharpening and …
Created on: Monday 14th March 2011
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LON-FC5492
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone incomplete whetstone of uncertain date, probably late Early Medieval - early Post Medieval. This whetstone is rectangular in shape, flaring towards one end (from 20.00mm to 26.53mm), and wedge-shaped in profile. The other end is broken and missing. One of the sides has been deliberately scored with very regular lozenge-shaped cross-hatching; the other side has the natural striations of the stone. Hazel Forsyth notes that it is very difficult to date this object with any degree of accuracy. Dimensions: length: 85.39mm; width: 26.53mm; thickness: 14.58mm; weight: 46.36…
Created on: Monday 7th February 2011
Last updated: Monday 7th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-941C91
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Small stone fragment, possibly the remains of a whetstone. Date uncertain. The surfaces are too worn and damaged to be abolutely certain that this was, indeed, an artefact. It may be natural. It is was a whetstone, the date range would be 2000BC-AD1900, as single stray finds of simple whetstones are notoriously difficult to date.
Created on: Wednesday 2nd February 2011
Last updated: Friday 11th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thornton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-9990B7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Swindon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of undatable (200 BC-1800 AD) but probably Roman to medieval, hone or whetstone, measuring 42.21x41.00x20.59mm and weighing 48.45g. The stone has micaceous inclusions and is greyish in colour. The whetstone or hone is formed from a very fine grained sedimentary, mica rich sandstone or siltstone. It is rectangular in cross section and has a deep groove on both of the larger faces.
Created on: Friday 21st January 2011
Last updated: Friday 21st January 2011
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Record ID: DUR-FB7212
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Stockton-on-Tees
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possible whetstone of unknown date. It is sub-oval in plan with rounded edges. It is a rounded oval in cross-section also with all edges rounded. It is made from a brown-grey stone. There are linear grooves on all the surfaces, possibly caused by sharpening tools. 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, this appears to be in that group.
Created on: Wednesday 8th December 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 15th December 2010
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-F78873
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone or hone with a copper-alloy suspension loop attached, most likely to be of medieval date. The stone itself is grey in colour with fine micaeous inclusions, it is rectangular in shape and flaring in width towards its terminal, it is now fragmentary due to breaks, all surviving surfaces have grooves and striations on them, persumably created through use. The complete end of the hone has a complete suspension loop attached to it, this consists of a piece of copper-alloy which has rectangular terminal ends and a narrower rectangular loop in its centre. Each rect…
Created on: Wednesday 8th December 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd November 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Covehithe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-E9FB63
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete hone stone of uncertain date. It is formed from a grey/brown stone that has fine surfaces with traces of micaceous inclusions. The hone rectangular in form and section, tapering slightly towards the suspension end, and is missing the top of the suspension end and lower half of the object due to old breaks. At the suspension end are the remains of an incised transverse groove above which on opposing sides of the hone are drilled circular perforations/indentations that do ot perforate all the way through the object. These were probably utilised to secure the hone to a thon…
Created on: Thursday 25th November 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 14th December 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lakenheath', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-A780B0
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Buff Coloured medium compacted Sandstone (non-specialist identification by MF). Whetstone. Tapered hone of square section, carefully shaped and smoothed by use on all four sides, chipped at its narrow end and broken at the other. Either point-sharpening grooves or, more likely, post-depositional damage, occurs on one flat face; one aris also bears damage post-dating use of the object. The rectangular form is common for Roman hones, but continued in use - as perhaps did some of the same hones - into the Anglo-Saxon period. At this later period, large and carefully shaped hones,…
Created on: Wednesday 10th November 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 12th March 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brigsley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-820ED7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A whetstone pendant. The pendant is rectangular in plan and square in cross-section. The terminal has a triangular apex and has a circular hole through it. Probably Medieval.
Created on: Monday 8th November 2010
Last updated: Monday 8th November 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Saltfleetby', grid reference and parish protected.


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