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    • Object type: WHETSTONE
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Record ID: NLM-90E627
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
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Cream coloured Fossiliferous Limestone Possible Rubber. Sub-triangular flat stone, smoothed on upper and lower surfaces and along two edges. This object was recovered as a possible miniature axe-head, a function for which the material is unsuitable. However, its flat smoothed form may be the result of either a natural processes - such as erosion in water - or utilisation. It resembles a pumice stone smoother, an item supplied in recent times for cosmetic use as a rubber to remove dead skin; pumice stone inserts were also used in pincushions to sharpen points. Such uses may have bee…
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 13th September 2012
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Record ID: LIN-278052
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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A whetstone made of schist or Norweigian ragstone. The surface is very fine and contains high quantities of small refractive ?quartz. The stone is rectangular in plan and in cross-section, broken at one end and with a circular hole drilled through the other. The hole is hour-glass shaped.
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Sleaford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-A830D0
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Part of a stone pebble, a micaceous metamorphic rock. It seems to be a natural pebble, oval in section, thickening and widening towards the broken end. The complete end is rounded. It is slightly curved in profile with a concave top and convex base. There appears to be some use polish on the concave top. It is 84.0mm long, 56.7mm wide at the break and 40.4mm thick; it weighs 225 grams. It is not a local rock but pebbles of many types of rock are found locally in rivers and estuaries brought in by water and glacial action. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age o…
Created on: Friday 27th April 2012
Last updated: Friday 27th April 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cossington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-6C0B32
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Shropshire
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An incomplete stone object, possibly a fragement of a whetstone or honeing stone used for sharpening. What remains of the object is wedge shaped, tapering from 15.82 mm wide at its widest end to 9.33 mm wide at the break. The object has been pierced, possibly for suspension, near the widest end, with a hole measuring approximately 3.6 mm in diameter. The object measures 44.11 mm long, 5.48 mm thick and weighs 5.8 grams. Its date is uncertain.
Created on: Tuesday 24th April 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 19th March 2013
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Record ID: LEIC-7F2742
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Nottinghamshire
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Three undated stone whetstones, all are incomplete - missing their ends, have a rectangular section and rectangular form and show signs of heavy use. 1 56mm long, 11mm thick and 20mm wide, weight 32.07grams. 2 90mm long, 17mm thick and 33mm wide weight 117grams 3 90mm long, 20mm thick and 27mm wide, weight 99.3grams.
Created on: Friday 13th April 2012
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2012
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Record ID: LIN-2D19E3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Fragment of a whetstone. The stone was presumably once elongated but only the terminal remains. The terminal is oval in cross-section and has hole drilled through it for suspension. The stone is a fine grey material. Probably medieval.
Created on: Wednesday 28th March 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 28th March 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Saltfleetby area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-0EE8C3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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Flat tabular block of fine quartzite, sub-rectangular in plan, profile and in section. Both surfaces are waterworn with patches of iron staining and some shallow concavities due to damage. There are also areas of grinding, particularly on the base and the sides, where there are shallow grinding grooves, which suggest that it was probably used as a whetstone. This is one of a group of cobbles found in the same area, made of various materials, that were used as domestic artefacts such as mullers, rubbers and whetstones. All of these would be at home on a Middle Bronze Age settlement. Un…
Created on: Sunday 19th February 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd February 2012
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Record ID: CORN-C424B2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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Small bladed cobble, probably metamorphosed slate, oblong in plan and lozenge-shaped in profile, and plano-convex in section. One face has been ground to a flat surface, probably for rubbing or whetstone use, with some flakes having been removed along the edge of the stone. This is one of a group of cobbles found in the same area, made of various materials, that were used as domestic artefacts such as mullers, rubbers and whetstones. All of these would be at home on a Middle Bronze Age settlement. Unfortunately we know insufficient about the range of stone artefacts used in Neolithic …
Created on: Wednesday 15th February 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 15th February 2012
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Record ID: CORN-C3A944
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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Broken section of a narrow bladed cobble, probably metamorphosed slate, rectangular in plan and profile, and oblong in section. One face has been ground to a smooth flat surface, as a whetstone facet, and there are scratch marks along the edge of the stone. This is one of a group of cobbles found in the same area, made of various materials, that were used as domestic artefacts such as mullers, rubbers and whetstones. All of these would be at home on a Middle Bronze Age settlement. Unfortunately we know insufficient about the range of stone artefacts used in Neolithic Cornwall to make …
Created on: Wednesday 15th February 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd February 2012
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Record ID: NLM-02CF15
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Dark grey micaceous Mudstone Possible Hone fragment. Fragment from a possible hone; a needle or point sharpening groove of width 3mm runs along the one unbroken edge. The use of such stone may argue an early date and local manufacture. Suggested date: Roman, 40-400. Length:49.6mm, Width: 20.2mm, Thickness: 13.3mm, Weight: 15.10gms.
Created on: Wednesday 25th January 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 1st February 2012
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Record ID: SF-09D678
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
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An incomplete stone hone, probably formed from a pale yellow/white schist, missing both ends due to old breaks. It is rectangular in form and section, with some damage to at least two faces and tapering slightly towards one end. All faces have evidence of use wear resulting in the surviving surfaces being worn smooth and the corners/edges rounded. It measures 153.48mm in length, 26.16mm in width, 20.83mm in thickness and 161.56g in weight. This is a simple stone (schist?) hone or whetstone. The lack of any distinctive typological features makes close dating of hte object impossible …
Created on: Thursday 8th December 2011
Last updated: Thursday 8th December 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Combs', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-3A2542
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Calderdale
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A piece of a quartz rich sandstone whetstone of probable Post Medieval to Modern date. The stone is broken at both ends and sub square in section. It tapers and one face is slightly concave where it has been used. The regular shape of this stone suggests it is part of a manufactured hone or scythe stone. When in use, a scythe would have needed sharpening every 15 minutes or so, so hones were vital pieces of equipment for every farm worker. This example does not appear to have been used very much before it was lost.
Created on: Monday 28th November 2011
Last updated: Monday 28th November 2011
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Record ID: SWYOR-39F266
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Calderdale
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A large piece of sandstone which has been utilised as a whetstone at an unknown date, but likely to be medieval or Post Medieval. The stone is a natural pieces of sandstone which is in danger of fracturing into two pieces, so is supported by cable ties. It is rectangular in plan and sub-square in section. One end of one face (the top view in the image) has been used for grinding or sharpening which has smoothed the stone and caused a distinct groove. The rest of the stone has not been used in this way. The shape of the stone suggests it was used as a whetstone, but it is also possible…
Created on: Monday 28th November 2011
Last updated: Monday 28th November 2011
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Record ID: WILT-5A19F5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wiltshire
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A fragment of undatable whetstone, roughly rectangular in shape and cross-section. It measures 31.59x24.70x22.10mm and weighs 32.2g. It is made from a mica rich, fine grained and dense stone with irregular breaks. The whetstone is broken at both short ends. The faces are much smoother than the broken ends and have rounded corners. It is these which were probably used for resharpening blades of knives, scythes, axes and other tools. All the faces have cut marks on them. Stray finds of whetstones are notoriously difficult to date and only very few found out of context can be dated t…
Created on: Friday 30th September 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 12th October 2011
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Record ID: SWYOR-639D88
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Doncaster
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An incomplete whetstone, roughly rectangular in shape and cross-section. It is made from a mica rich, fine grained and dense stone with irregular breaks. The whetstone is broken at both short ends. One face and both long edges are much smoother and more rounded than the broken ends and the other face. It is these which were probably used for resharpening blades of knives, scythes, 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 a specific period because of their shape and/or a perforation fo…
Created on: Tuesday 6th September 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 6th September 2011
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Record ID: YORYM-F5D347
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Leeds
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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
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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
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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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