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Record ID: CPAT-294466
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Small pebble with a worn depression. There is considerable doubt about whether this is a whetstone, it could just be a weathered stone.
Created on: Thursday 4th August 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-4EC926
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A possible whetstone of unknown date, it is rectangular in shape and measures 71.72mm in length 30.47mm in width and 14.1mm in thickness. The stone appears to be a limestone and has scratches across its faces and deep diagonal grooves along one side. Both faces have circular semi-perforated holes in opposing corners, these holes are in the same position in both faces but why they were not drilled all the way through is unknown. It is possible that this object is unfinished.
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Battisford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM94
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of a schist whetstone, rounded rectangular section tapering towards end. Truncated.
Created on: Wednesday 27th May 1998
Last updated: Wednesday 7th November 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-E7F3D5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A semi-circular piece of fine grained soft red sandstone that has been ground flat on one side and on one face which are at right angles to each other. There are striations on both flat surfaces. It is 56.1mm long, 19.4mm wide, and 14.4mm thick. It weighs 22.11gm. The stone is very soft so may have been used as a polishing stone rather than a hone. It may also be natural, though the straight edges look to be man made. This sort of object is almost impossible to date.
Created on: Thursday 28th May 2009
Last updated: Friday 23rd March 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SUSS-BED348
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small fragment of whetstone, which is probably medieval in date. The stone has been chipped and ground. Weight: 12.5g.
Created on: Thursday 30th March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Middleton-on-Sea', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-E2AB92
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Worked object probably for use as a whetstone. The object is rectangular in plan and sub-rectangular in cross-section. Each end of the object is slightly rounded. The two sides of the object have both been worked and patterns of ware are visible. One side shows more use than the other, the centre of which is slightly convex. On the wider surfaces of the stone small inclusions of mica can be seen, however none are visible on the used sides. The stone is mid brown in colour. This object may have been in use from Pre-history to the Post-Medieval period. An exact date is unknown.
Created on: Tuesday 8th June 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th June 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Birdforth', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: SF-23E526
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date. It is formed from a thin, dark grey and fine grained stone that is slate-like in appearance. The surviving fragment is rectangular in form, oval sectioned and terminates at one end in old breaks. At the butt end the sides taper to a squared off end where there is an off-centred hourglass perforation. The entire object measures 31.30mm in length, 14.92mm in width, 3.65mm in thickness and 3.54g in weight. This is an incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date, possibly dating to the Early Bronze Age (c.2550-1600 BC) or perhaps even t…
Created on: Monday 19th August 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 9th October 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cavenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-23F8A3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date. It is formed from a medium to dark grey fine grained and micaceous stone, perhaps a micaceous schist, and is square in section, rectangular in form, terminating in old breaks at one end. The surviving end is triangular in profile with a worn hourglass perforation, an attempted second circular perforation visible on one side of the complete end. The entire object measures 50.43mm in length, 10.98mm in width, 11.81mm in thickness and 13.24g in weight. This is an incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date, possibly dating to the Earl…
Created on: Monday 19th August 2013
Last updated: Thursday 6th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cavenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-5A19F5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-A6F958
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete worked stone object, probably a whetstone, hone or similar object of uncertain date. It is formed from a relatively hard pale white/brown stone that has sparse very small quartz-like inclusions. the entire object is rectangular in form, square in section and missing part of one side due to old breaks. The surfaces have extensive wear resulting in smooth edges and corners and there are traces of possible tool marks in places indicative of deliberate manufacture. It measures 62.13mm in length, 23.42mm in width, 23.76mm in thickness and 55.44g in weight. This appears to be …
Created on: Tuesday 12th February 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dalham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-8E3531
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possible whetstone. Shield-shaped, ractangular-sectioned, with angled, off-centre hole near flat top edge. Length 34mm. Width 23mm.Thickness 16mm. Undated, but probably Roman - Medieval, if a whetstone.
Created on: Monday 12th August 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 13th August 2013
Spatial data recorded.


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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: 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
Spatial data recorded.


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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
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LEIC-7F2742
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: WMID-6C0B32
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-A830D0
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: LIN-278052
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: NLM-90E627
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Spatial data recorded.


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