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Record ID: CORN-E94D5B
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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A sandstone, possibly greywacke, whetstone with damaged end. 146 mm in length, 60 mm in width, 30 mm in thickness and 482.1 g in weight. The whetstone is sub-rectangular in plan and in profile and oval in section. Made from a beach pebble, all the edges are rounded, and the surfaces of the implement are generally smooth. The two longer edges are worn smooth and flat through use as a whetstone to sharpen metalwork. One end is worn and pitted through repeated percussion where it was used as a hammer. The undamaged part of the opposite end is similarly pitted by percussion but was subsequ…
Created on: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 12th December 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-64BC92
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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An incomplete whetstone of probable early-medieval date (c. AD 800 - 1100). Description: The whetstone is formed from a very fine-grained, sedimentary, mica-rich stone. It is sub-trapezoidal in plan with tapering sides and is trapezoidal in cross section although there is significant post-depositional damage that has changed its profile. Both ends are broken, probably in antiquity. Two sides are flat and smooth. The other sides are damaged. Measurements: Length 86.72mm: Width 25.09mm: Thickness 16.29mm: Weight 63.33g Discussion: Dating of whetstones is difficult as they were used fr…
Created on: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd October 2018
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Record ID: NMS-722AE9
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Incomplete medieval hone stone of pale grey micaceous schist. Both ends broken. Damaged convex faces and flattened sides. Extant length 79mm. Width 34mm. 13mm thick. Weighs 47.39g. c. 11th-15th century.
Created on: Friday 5th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 5th October 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-85A46B
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of probable whetstone or hone of uncertain dating (from the Roman period onwards, c.AD 43 to 1800). It is cylindrical in shape with (broken) projections on two adjacent 'faces'; approximately one third of the cylinder shape is also missing. It measures 33.0mm in length, 34.6mm in diameter, 39.5mm in width, 34.5mm in thickness and weighs 48.86g. The stone is a fine grained sandstone with micaceous inclusions and a metallic black sheen to the outside edge.
Created on: Wednesday 25th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 25th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bishops Waltham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-BC4380
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Approx. half of a sub-square sectioned whetstone, of smooth, worn fine-grained schist, thin sedimentary banding is just visable on two opposing sides. The end changes section to almost triangular, with deeply incised "V" at a slight angle on one face. The very end has fine, parrallel scratches from use. C. 800 to 1100 AD.
Created on: Thursday 21st June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 21st June 2018
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Record ID: HESH-3F6E03
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment from a hone or whetstone of undetermined date, probably Medieval or later but an earlier date should not be ruled out. The stone is rectangular in plan, profile and has a D shaped cross section. The whetstone is formed from a mid grey, coarse grained grit/sandstone - an area of distinct reddening is present in one place - this is likely to be due to burning or heatening in a fire. The edges and the tip are all worn. The top / upper surface has a smooth heavily worn and partially polished surface with a distinctive U shaped profile created from repeated use. The other long ed…
Created on: Friday 15th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 11th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hemington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-90B4CC
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A nearly complete hone or whetstone of undetermined date, probably Medieval or later but an earlier date should not be ruled out. The stone is rectangular in plan, profile and section. The whetstone is formed from a reddish grey, coarse grained grit/sandstone. The side surfaces show distinct bedding planes within the matrix. The edges and the tip are all worn with at least one distinct grinding sharpening surface is present. Whetstones are used for long periods in the agricultural landscape and a medieval or later date is preferred The stone is 83.2mm length, 40.1mm width, is 24.2mm t…
Created on: Thursday 7th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 7th June 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-C8197A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone of probable early-medieval date (c. AD 800 - 1100). Description: The whetstone is formed from a very fine-grained, sedimentary, mica-rich stone with distinct bedding planes. It is sub-trapezoidal in plan with tapering sides and is sub-rectangular in cross section. Both ends are broken, probably in antiquity. All sides are flat and three are very smooth. The fourth side is of a rougher texture with several lines scored across its surface, typical of those found on many whetstones and part of the sharpening process. Measurements: Length 58.67mm: Width 31.07mm: …
Created on: Wednesday 16th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 18th May 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-36B0EE
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of whetstone of unknown date. Description: The object is made from a fine-grained, quartz-rich sandstone, is sub-rectangular in section and trapezoidal in plan, broken across both ends. There are several lines scored across one surface, typical of those found on many whetstones and part of the sharpening action. Measurements: Length78.51mm, width 48.29mm, thickness 23.89mm, weight 121g Discussion: Dating of whetstones is difficult as they were used from the later Iron Age to modern times. The location and associated finds suggest an early-medieval to early post-medieval…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-19779A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine grained compacted pale sandstone whetstone fragment. The remaining fragment is sub-rectangular and rounded on the unbroken face. There are four smooth surfaces worn on the unbroken face, and the object appears to have been used to sharpen small implements, such as knives. The object fits comfortably into the palm of the hand for the purpose of sharpening implements. The use of probable local stone for sharpening stones is characteristic of the period between the later Iron Age and the middle Saxon period. Other finds from the site would probably make a Roman or later date most l…
Created on: Thursday 8th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th March 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-FDCD38
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone pendant whetstone of probable early medieval date (c. 800 - 1100 AD). The whetstone is a long rectangular cuboid in shape with a surface that has been worn smooth through use. A rectangular flat projection of stone extends from the top; this is perforated with a circular hole so that the object could be worn as a pendant. The whetstone is dark purple in colour. It is 52.55mm in length, 13.93mm in width and 6.87mm in thickness. It weighs 8.79g. Portable whetstones of this form were used in the Bronze Age as well as the early medieval and medieval periods. An early medieval date i…
Created on: Wednesday 7th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 27th March 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-03C3AA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Rochdale
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine grained sandstone cobble which has been used as a whetstone on three faces, of unknown date, Bronze Age onwards (2350 BC - AD 1900). The stone is fine grained and is a pale yellow grey colour. It is rectangular in plan, sub-rectangular in cross-section and has rounded ends. One long face is extremely worn; polished and concave. The two neighbouring long faces are also polished, but not as much. It is 140.7mm long, 52.5mm wide and 43mm thick. 612g.
Created on: Friday 23rd February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Record ID: NLM-D6615D
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone possible whetstone. A small dense compact dark grey pebble of triangular section with rounded ends and sharply defined arises between its flat faces, probably initially formed by wind erosion in a dusty or icy environment. One side, however, is lightly hollowed, probably by wear arising from use as a sharpening stone, and handling may have contributed to the smooth finish of other surfaces. The use of improvised whetstones, often recovered from Glacial Drift, was characteristic of a long period from Prehistory, through the Roman period, and up to the Viking Age introduction of s…
Created on: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-F85E33
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine grained, pale grey, oblong shaped sandstone, with some plough damage at one end of the reverse face, used as a whetstone. Both faces are smoothed by wear, and the edges are rounded and show evidence of being used for sharpening blades. 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 history of the site leans towards…
Created on: Monday 29th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 30th January 2018
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Record ID: KENT-CD8E88
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete, fine-grained sandstone whetstone of unknown date. Description: The whetstone is incomplete roughly surviving at 50% of original length, it is ovoid in section and was likely a long thin pointed oval in plan although one pointed end is missing. The remaining point is round and blunt and the broken edge is fairly worn. each wide flat surface has been heavily worn with use leaving the whetstone much thinner towards the middle of the whetstone. The Whetstone is a cream colour with some iron staining. Measurements: 95.97mm long, 25.97mm wide, 14.53mm thick and 40.2g in weig…
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 17th January 2018
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Record ID: SOM-DA2851
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One end of a rectangular sectioned whetstone and a non-joining end fragment which may or may not be from the same stone. The larger piece narrows and thins to a sharp point at the complete end. The smaller piece is triangular in section, probably due to the amount of wear on one face and worn to a flat edge with a rounded corner at the complete end. Fine grained non-micaceous rock. The larger fragment is 107.2 mm long, 38.9mm wide and 27.4mm thick it weighs 128.9 grams. The smaller is 42.6mm long, 31.8mm wide, 11.9mm thick and weighs 19.2g. While not diagnositic on their own these …
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-D9EF94
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One end of a rectangular and rectangular secetioned whet stone with a drilled circular hole through the remaining complete end. Fine grained non-micaceous rock formed and broken along distinct layers with flat sides, slightly rounded corners and edges and a slightly concave face, probably from use. The fragment is 49.0mm long, 33.7mm wide and 9.8mm thick it weighs 32 grams. While not diagnositic on its own it was found in a group of Roman material and is likely to be of that date although there is some late 18th century material also on the field.
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th November 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-0584C2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a conical whetstone of probable post-medieval date. The object is made from a quartz-rich, fine-grained sandstone, is sub-circular in section and probably lathe-turned. It is broken at both ends. These type of whetstones were often used on a spindle, but this does not appear to be the case with this example as there are numerous flat spots along its length from being drawn lengthways across a blade. Suggested date is post-medieval, AD1600-1800. The object is 51.72mm in length and 37.1mm, tapering to 32.42mm, in diameter. It weighs 96gms.
Created on: Friday 13th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 16th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-054FC4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of whetstone of unknown date. The object is made from a fine-grained, quartz-rich sandstone, is sub-square in section, slightly tapering and broken across both ends. There is also some post-depositional damage. Dating of whetstones is difficult as they were used from the later Iron Age to modern times. The location and associated finds suggest an early-medieval to early post-medieval date. The object is 64.7mm in length and 38.74 x 36.83, tapering to 34.19mm x 33.14mm, in width. It weighs 147g.
Created on: Friday 13th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 16th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-4C1CF5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete stone whetstone of unknown date (c. 800 BC - 1900 AD). The whetstone is sub-rectangular in plan with a D-shaped section as it is flat on the bottom and rounded on the top. The whetstone has been broken at one end leaving a rough surface. The bottom surface is also rough while the top surface is relatively smooth on two sides and slightly pitted on the other. The stone is dark brown in colour with light brown patches. The length of the whetstone is 36.99mm with a width of 19.07mm and a thickness of 14.78mm. The weight of the whetstone is 19.96g. Whetstones are difficult…
Created on: Wednesday 4th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 25th October 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-0A4260
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone of probable early-medieval date (c. AD 800 - 1100). The whetstone is formed from a very fine-grained, sedimentary, mica-rich stone with distinct bedding planes. It is sub-rectangular in plan with tapering sides and is sub-rectangular in cross section at one end and sub-square in section at the other. Both ends are broken, probably in antiquity. Two opposing sides are flat but the other two opposing sides are dished, one more than the other, from continued use sharpening blades. All faces are very smooth. The stone is similar to other mica schist whetstones foun…
Created on: Sunday 1st October 2017
Last updated: Saturday 7th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-E9CADE
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone of probable early-medieval date (c. AD 800 - 1100). The whetstone is formed from a very fine-grained, sedimentary, mica-rich stone. It is sub-rectangular in plan with slightly tapering sides, and is sub-rectangular in cross section. A suspension hole has been drilled in the upper part of the whetstone by drilling from both sides to produce an hourglass-shaped hole, 4.9mm in diameter. The opposite end is broken, probably in antiquity. The stone is similar to other mica schist whetstones found at the same location but is of a finer structure, maybe chosen for a s…
Created on: Friday 29th September 2017
Last updated: Friday 6th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-FE9176
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sandstone whetstone of uncertain date, possibly Roman. It is sub-rectangular in plan and section. The whetstone has four, possibly five grinding surfaces which are saddle-like; it has sustained plough damage which has given it two uneven sides. It is a light to mid-brown medium to coarse sandstone. It measures 98.32mm in length, 60.82mm wide and weighs 648.9grams.
Created on: Monday 18th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th September 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-BD3717
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of whetstone or hone of probable early-medieval to medieval date (AD 700-1500). The whetstone has been manufactured from very fine-grained, blue-grey stone. It is a pointed oval in plan and sub-triangular in section. it is broken at both ends. The outer surfaces are very smooth with flat facets, probably as a result of the blade-sharpening process.
Created on: Friday 15th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-AD7E16
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a fine-grained, sandstone whetstone of uncertain date. The object is sub-rectangular in section and sub-rectangular in plan, broken across both ends. The sides are slightly dished and all surfaces are worn smooth. The location and associated finds suggest an early-medieval to medieval date.
Created on: Thursday 14th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-AD162C
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of whetstone or hone of probable Roman date. The whetstone has been manufactured from very fine-grained, blue-grey mudstone, similar to the Jurassic rocks found on the coast of North Yorkshire. It is sub-rectagular in plan and section. It is broken down its length from being struck and shearing down a natural bedding plane. The damage, however, shows the very fine internal structure of the stone. The outer surfaces are very smooth with flat facets, probably as a result of the blade-sharpening process. There are various cut marks with triangular-shaped sections that suggest …
Created on: Thursday 14th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Fulstow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-30CABC
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a whetstone of unknown date. It is made from a very fine-grained, banded sedementary rock with a high inclusion of mica crystals. The object is sub-square in section and a tapering rectangle in plan, broken across the wider end. Dating of whetstones is difficult as they were used from the later Iron Age to modern times. The location and associated finds suggest an early-medieval to medieval date. The object is 89.76mm in length and 31.1mm in width. It weighs 218g.
Created on: Friday 8th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-FEC0CD
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Compacted Sandstone water rolled cobble, probable whetstone; a sparkling surface indicates the presence of mica or other abrasive constituents in a sandy matrix, and hence suitability as a sharpening stone. This large sub-triangular flat-sided stone has one large flat surface smoothed and dished by wear. Other surfaces are unmodified, though scratches from plough strike appear on all. The use of improvised hones is characteristic of a long period from later Prehistory to the Viking Age. A rock of this size might be used to sharpen large tools such as a scythe or spade iron. It may have…
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 30th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Ravendale', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-804A3E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Grey-green fine grained compact Sandstone, possible whetstone fragment, as kindly suggested by the finder. A small and probably water-rolled pebble of sub-rectangular section, possibly dished by wear on one of its wider flat faces, but with no other trace of utilisation. Rounded, probably naturally, at one end, and broken at the other; subsequently abraded. This may be a small or personal hone improvised from a chance discovery from glacial Drift. The use of varied improvised hones, rubbing stones and smoothers was common from later Prehistory to the Middle Saxon period. Suggested dat…
Created on: Thursday 31st August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 31st August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Laceby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-800F98
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine-grained compact grey possibly Sandstone with occasional sparkling flecks on its sides; whetstone, as kindly identified by the finder. The material has a superficial resemblance to the volcanic Greenstone used to make Neolithic group 6 axes, and specialist examination of the broken surface might determine whether such an axe may have been reworked and reused in this case. At all events, this is now a straight-sided bar-shaped hone of rectangular section, rounded at one end and broken at the other. All flat surfaces are lightly dished by wear towards the centre of the object; a fac…
Created on: Thursday 31st August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 31st August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Laceby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DEV-6E49A1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone of uncertain date and of a fine, greywacke sandstone. Rectangular in plan and sub-rectangualr in profile, the fragment terminates in worn breaks at either end. Due to abrasion to either face of the stone, in profile the whetstone tapers from 19.3mm wide at one end to 13.7mm at the other, with the narrowing being pronouncedly concave at one end and becoming more gradual below. This is more prominent on one face than the other. Dimensions: length 50.5mm; width 21.8mm; thickness 19.3mm; weight 29.03g. Whetstones were in use from the Bronze Age onwards, and w…
Created on: Wednesday 30th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: DUR-424732
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: County Durham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine-grained, dark grey stone, oval-ended and broken at one end, of uncertain date. It has been used as a whetstone for sharpening blades. The stone is natural, not deliberately shaped, oval in section, thickening and widening to the broken end. The complete end is rounded. The top of the whetstone shows signs of brown 'polish' and has numerous shallow, linear grooves in the surface. The back is concave and rougher; it shows a couple of diagonal grooves but these may be natural wear. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards. The improvised use of vari…
Created on: Wednesday 16th August 2017
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
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Record ID: HAMP-E2B784
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete fine-grained micaceous stone whetstone or hone. It is sub-rectangular in shape with (worn) breaks at both short ends, revealing a D-shaped cross-section. It narrows from 20.1x14.8mm at one break to 14.6x11.6mm at the other, over a length of 76.3mm. The stone is grey to the flat underside but otherwise brown in colour with lines of silvery inclusions running through it. These appear as dark grey longitudinal striations on the brown surface. The stone is soapy to the touch. The object weighs 41.20g. Whetstones or hones of this type were often perforated in order to susp…
Created on: Tuesday 18th July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 18th July 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bishops Waltham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-3AA67E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetsone of possible early Anglo-Saxon date. The item is made from a reddish-brown coloured sandstone which 'sparkles' when held under light owing to fine grained quartz. The whetstone is square in section, broken at both ends, and tapers from bottom to top, from 32mm x 31mm to 22mm x 21mm.
Created on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 19th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alford area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-38BCE2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete sarsen Iron Age or Roman saddle quern or grinding stone, subsequently used as a polishing stone or whetstone. The object is 240 mm long and 110 mm at its widest point. It is slightly curved and 88 mm thick at its deepest point. Two of the surfaces, abutting each other, are smooth and have been used as a whetstone; each displays a single groove a few millimetres wide. One of the grooves is 130 mm long and the other is 148 mm long. The other two surfaces show the usual rougher surface of the natural stone. Ruth Shaffrey comments: Quern reuse is very common. In fact, mos…
Created on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 17th January 2018
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Record ID: NMS-0F82DA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Whetstone of sub ovoid to sub trapezoidal section with rounded edges, all faces are polished smooth and blackened from use, except for recent damage which reveals the light grey origional colour of the fine grained micaceous shist. As both ends are broken and damaged in antiquity, it is uncertian if this impliment was perforated from suspention. Romano-british to Medieval.
Created on: Monday 26th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 26th June 2017
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Record ID: NLM-7FA566
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
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Lead and stone whetstone fragment. The broken end of a fine-grained grey layered stone, possibly a slate but resembling a 'phyllite', with a neatly-cut square section groove around its narrower end, and another at right angles to this on either side. The broken end of the hone has been sheathed in lead, which has held its parts together. The hone may have broken across the site of an original suspension hole. There is a probably drilled transverse hole in the end of the lead sheathing which would replace it. This is an unusual example of the repair of a personal hone so it could be co…
Created on: Friday 26th May 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 30th May 2017
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Record ID: HAMP-35FFA8
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
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An incomplete and undatable whetstone, square in cross-section at one end (c.44x45mm with one damaged corner), sloping on one face and narrowing on those to either side to become rectangular in cross-section and extending c.35mm to the break (43x24mm). The fabric is grey in colour and sandy, with numerous micaceous inclusions and orange-brown fissures to the outside surface (probably iron staining). It weighs 272g (to the nearest 2g) and measures 92.7mm in length. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools…
Created on: Friday 28th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 4th May 2017
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Record ID: NMS-8A4BED
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Medieval to post-medieval honestone in a fine grained micaceous grey stone, of sub-square cross-section at one end (24 x 24mm) widening gently to the other (24 x 30.5mm. Length 112mm. 12th - 18th century
Created on: Thursday 20th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 20th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-687982
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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A complete whetstone of medium brown sandstone. The object is a narrow, tapered rectangle, with rounded corners, in plan, and plano-convex in profile and section. The ventral face is almost flat with two very slightly dished areas either side of the mid-point. The tool is thinner at the wide end, becoming thicker towards the narrower end. When viewed from the dorsal side, the left-hand edge is flat and highly polished through continuous use; the right-hand edge is less highly polished, flat in places but convex towards the wider end and has also been used as a whetstone to sharpen met…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 8th June 2017
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