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Record ID: NLM6526
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Flat rectangular with a rectangular cross section evidence for a break at one end, so length is unknown, corner broken off at other end. Some ware on the face where tools were sharpened.
Created on: Friday 11th October 2002
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'ROXBY CUM RISBY', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-D3E3E4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete Anglo-Scandinavian schist hone. The dark grey coloured hone is sub-rectangular in plan, though the one end is quite rounded. In cross section the hone is sub-triangular and becomes flatter near the rounded end. The thicker end has a circular perforation. The surface of the hone is uneven with scratches and flaking edges. The length is 41.8mm, the width is 9.5mm, the maximum thickness is 7.0mm and the weight is 4.27g.
Created on: Thursday 7th July 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NLM-3D12C7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone hone of unknown date. The sub-rectangular hone is slightly waisted in the centre and is probably incomplete. It is made from a brown hard mud or siltstone with fine grains and is smooth to touch. The sides of the hone have silvery inclusions and black markings that are not present on the front or back face. The hone tapers in thickness at one end and has a circular perforation (diameter is 5.5mm) that has been drilled from both faces. One face has much more wear than the other with worn grooves and marks. The surviving length is 90.8mm, the width is 33.3mm, the thickness is 20.…
Created on: Tuesday 26th February 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Welton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-776B49
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine grained dense grey stone, possible rubber or whetstone. Flat-sided oval ended river-washed pebble; one end chipped. The surface is possibly smoothed by wear overall. The form is probably natural and the stone derived from glacial drift. This might have been used as an improvised polisher for organic materials, including textiles, or alternatively as a whetstone. The use of adventitiously recovered stones for such functions is especially characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon period, sandwiched as it is between eras characterised by more systematic exploitation and marketing of stones …
Created on: Thursday 16th July 2015
Last updated: Thursday 16th July 2015
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Record ID: NLM-7BF3BA
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fine grained grey stone whetstone. A small bar-shaped hone with a drilled hole of diameter 4.2mm for suspension from a belt or girdle. Thinned by heavy wear, which has contributed a smoothly curved end; the object was probably discarded at the end of a long working life, having too little length left for whetting a blade. This material is sometimes described as purple phylite, though this description may embrace stones of various tints gathered from glacial drift as well as from geological sources in Scotland, Norway and elsewhere. 'Phylite' hones are prominent among whetstones of Ang…
Created on: Friday 10th April 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 28th April 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Northorpe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-6D1CB4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine grained compacted sandstone whetstone fragment. A rectangular section fragment probably from the middle of a whetstone, possibly of hog-backed formAll the faces save for the broken ends are smoothed by wear. Two faces meeting at an obtuse angle are likely to mark the top of the whetstone, and a dished face opposite these faces its most heavily used and worn face. The selection of a local [to northern Britain] rather than an imported stone may suggest a pre-Viking date. The hog-backed form in such stones occurs amongst early medieval finds at Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire (Fo…
Created on: Thursday 26th May 2016
Last updated: Thursday 26th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-6D2E8B
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Ferruginous limestone probable whetstone fragment. Stone shaped like an oversized finger with one markedly smoothed broad surface which is lightly dished by wear and lightly scored by diagonal and transverse grooves suggestive of the sharpening of pointed pins or needles. Limited patches of wear have also partially smoothed the opposite face. Broken raggedly at its wider end. The use of a relatively local stone is likely, which is characteristic of hones of the Later Iron Age to Early Medieval periods. Accompanying material tends to point to the later part of this date-range. Suggeste…
Created on: Thursday 26th May 2016
Last updated: Thursday 26th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-E1ED34
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Stone hone. Grey fine-grained stone, possibly a greywacke, whetstone. Small personal or portable hone with an aperture of diameter 5.5mm, probably drilled from both sides, at one end. Both ends are rounded but the main part of the object has four sides which meet each other at crisp arises. Two opposed sides are dished by wear, while the others retain the curve of the original stone. The fashion for whetstones perforated for wear from a belt or girdle is a feature of the Later Saxon/Anglo-Scandinavian period. This object does not display the characteristics of the imported stones which…
Created on: Friday 30th September 2016
Last updated: Friday 18th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Caistor', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-7FA566
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: NLM-2A6564
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A solid sub-rectangular fine grain whetstone. One end of the whetstone has broken off. The other end has a central groove. The surviving length of the whetstone is 71.3mm, the thickness is 9.6mm and the width is 16.8mm.
Created on: Wednesday 30th June 2004
Last updated: Monday 10th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barnetby Le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM94
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
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: Thursday 19th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE', grid reference and parish protected.


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