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Record ID: WAW-FE9176
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Warwickshire
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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: NLM-A02571
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Schist, possibly Norwegian Possible Hone fragment. Small fragment from a mullion of schist. The angled end and part of one side appear smoothed; other surfaces are probably broken. If the identification is sustained, this could be a small piece of a medieval whetstone; the English market for hones was dominated by Norwegian schists through the Medieval period. In the later medieval period, it is possible that undressed mullions of schist were imported to be either shaped or worn to shape by the purchaser. Suggested date: Possibly Medieval, 1300-1500. Length: 25.5mm, Width: 19.7mm, Th…
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2012
Last updated: Monday 13th August 2018
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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: Tuesday 31st July 2018
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: Tuesday 31st July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickenby', grid reference and parish protected.


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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 30th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickenby', 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: 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: 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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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: PUBLIC-162DC1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
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 distinct trapezoidal shaped cross section. The whetstone is formed from a pinkish mid grey, coarse grained grit/sandstone which is rich in iron. The edges are all worn and their are mutiple distinct faceted faces which have been used for grinding and sharpening iron blades. Both ends are broken and these breaks are unabraded. Whetstones are used for long periods in the agricultural landscape and a medieval …
Created on: Saturday 7th January 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 20th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ruardean', 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: YORYM-4399F2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A large fragment of whetstone, which is probably early-medieval in date. Numberous whetstones made in this material have been found in the East Ridings of Yorkshire in Viking contexts. The stone from which the whetstone has been carved is a fine-grained stone such as Mica Schist, sourced in Scandinavia. The stone has been chipped and ground into the whetstone shape and has large chamfered edges. The chamfered edges are still very obvious. Weight: 85g.
Created on: Thursday 12th February 2009
Last updated: Friday 18th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Yapham', 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: LIN-3D5C6E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete Early Medieval whetstone, dating to the period c. AD 410-1066. The whetstone is rectangular in cross section, and broadly rectangular in plan. It tapers to a rounded terminal at its apex, and a circular perforation measuring 5mm is present towards this end. This aperture contains a brown-red substance which possibly forms the remains of a means of attachment. The butt end has rounded corners and evidence of wear is present in the form of areas of abrasion which have a brown patination. This wear does not however seem consistant with its intended use. Further areas of damage …
Created on: Monday 11th January 2016
Last updated: Friday 18th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Lindsey', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: FASAM-F55282
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An inscribed Roman stone stilus sharpener / whetstone. The stone is fine-grained green (slate?). The piece is 46.7mm long, 21.7mm wide and 8.2mm deep. There is a deep groove along the upper face where the stilus would be sharpened. The Latin inscription on the front face is: [M?]ΛNDΛCVS MATTΛVI which probably translates as 'Mandacus(?), son of Mattavus'. It is a possible Celtic / British name and patronym.
Created on: Thursday 13th October 2016
Last updated: Saturday 12th May 2018
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Record ID: BM-CFCCB2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Darlington
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete stone, possibly a whetstone, of unknown date. The stone is wedge-shaped with an elarged semi-circular area at one end. This was possibly used for sharpening knives or tools. The stone measures 151mm in length, a maximum of 65mm in width and maximum of 49mm in thickness.
Created on: Thursday 29th September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: BM-CF77A2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Darlington
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete wedge-shaped stone, possibly a whetstone, of unknown date. This was possibly used for sharpening knives or tools. The stone measures 133mm in length,a maximum of 39mm in width and 31mm in thickness. The stone weighs 296 grams.
Created on: Thursday 29th September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: BM-CF87FC
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Darlington
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete wedge-shaped stone, possibly a whetstone, of unknown date. This was possibly used for sharpening knives or tools. The stone measures 148mm in length,a maximum of 51mm in width and maximum of 36mm in thickness. The stone weighs 259 grams.
Created on: Thursday 29th September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: BM-CFB553
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Darlington
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete wedge-shaped stone, possibly a whetstone, of unknown date. This was possibly used for sharpening knives or tools. The stone measures 141mm in length, a maximum of 68mm in width and maximum of 34mm in thickness.
Created on: Thursday 29th September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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