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Record ID: SUSS-8C2B81
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large fragment of whetstone, of unknown date (probably medieval). The stone from which the whetstone has been carved is an non-local stone. The stone has been chipped and ground into the whetstone shape and has a chamfered edges. Both ends are badly broken. Weight: 81g.
Created on: Thursday 26th January 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: SUSS-8C4055
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large fragment of whetstone, of unknown date (probably medieval). The stone from which the whetstone has been carved is probably Quartzite. The stone has been chipped and ground into the whetstone shape and has a chamfered edges. One of the corners of the stone is rounded. Weight: 93g.
Created on: Thursday 26th January 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: LIN-9C9E45
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete whetstone. The whetstone is square in cross-section and has one unworn side, one slightly worn and two very worn sides. Both ends are missing.
Created on: Tuesday 15th November 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: WILT-DBACE4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Undatable whetstone. It could date to any time between the Iron Age and post medieval, but probably more likely to be post medieval. It is triangular in section and measures 157mm in length, is max 73mm wide (min 56mm) and max 44mm thick (min 16mm). It weighs c.630g (to the nearest 10g). There is a worn area on the edge of one face and several deep grooves on both faces. The deepest grooves are at the thickest end, being 2-3mm deep.
Created on: Friday 18th November 2005
Last updated: Monday 20th June 2016
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Record ID: WILT-4AF932
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of whetstone measuring 40x36x10mm and weighing 25.31g. It has numerous long marks on the surface. Roman to medieval in date.
Created on: Friday 11th November 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: LON-280F37
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Hone stone, possily medieval mica schist. Silver grey hone stone of an elongated blade like form. The hone is araded possibly by ware on one face. The stone is likely to be of norwegian rag type.
Created on: Tuesday 5th October 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'City of London', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: Thursday 29th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barnetby Le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-7656D7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Dark stone whetstone, rectangular in section, tappering to slighty.
Created on: Saturday 21st February 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Papcastle', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-766E64
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman Whetstone, dark stone. Flat faced triangular tube, with rounded ends.
Created on: Saturday 21st February 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Papcastle', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-7686E3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman whetstone, dark stone. Rectangular in cross section, slightly tapering to one end, flat sides, with rounded ends.
Created on: Saturday 21st February 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Papcastle', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-C88526
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete sandstone whetstone, used on two sides and one face, so that they are smooth, and broken at one end. Romano-British, judging from the majority of material that it was found with. Carlyon (1987) illustrates a similar example from Carvossa, Probus on page 137, Fig.14, No.4, which is dated from the 1st to the 4th century AD. Quinnell (2004) illustrates a similar example from Trethurgy on page 141, Fig.67, No.18, which is dated from c.AD 150-550.
Created on: Monday 23rd April 2007
Last updated: Tuesday 21st July 2015
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Record ID: LANCUM-C26867
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Heavy, round stone, possibly granite. While the underside is round and has a very rough surface, the top is very smooth and almost indented. It is very likely that the stone has been used as a whetstone for, possibly, arrowheads, smaller spearheads, knives, axe blades, etc. However, the date of Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age has only been given tentatively - it may have been much younger than that. Since it was an unassociated find, it is difficult to attach a clear date to it.
Created on: Thursday 17th May 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SUSS-210018
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small domestic whetstone, of unknown date (probably medieval). Due to the lack of context it is difficult to date this example, but an identical one can be seen the exhibition of objects found at the excavations of Corfe Castle (Dorset), they were used to sharpen knives and other blades. The stone from which the whetstone has been carved is probably Quartzite. The stone has been chipped and ground into shape and has a chamfered edges. It is rectangular in shape with a square butt end, the opposite terminal has a tapering end. At the butt end there is a hole through the stone.
Created on: Monday 9th July 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ringmer', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-5E53D4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval – Post Medieval stone whetstone (AD 1400 – 1750). The stone is an irregular rectangle in plan with both the large surfaces showing heavy polishing through use. There are transverse irregular grooves cutting across the polished surfaces. These may be scars caused by testing the sharpness of the blades, or caused by flaws in the stone, or they may indicate the stone was reused for another function after its use as a whetstone. The edges are very abraded which probably occurred post deposition. Along one side there is a large, shallow, vertical groove; this possible ac…
Created on: Thursday 12th July 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Putney', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-E47073
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval - Post Medieval stone object probably a whetstone (AD1500-1700). The stone object is rectangular and made from oolitic limestone, it has very abraded surfaces edges. Dimensions: length: 82.26mm; width: 16.47mm; thickness: 10.28mm; weight: 26.64g.
Created on: Wednesday 18th July 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Southwark', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-5756A4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone whetstone which is 56.6mm long, 14.5mm wide and 7.8mm thick. The stone is rectangular in section and is wider at one end. The narrower end may be an old break. There is a circular perforation in the wider end which appreas to have been drilled from one side. The stone is a very fine-grained purple-brown stone with small particles of mica (possibly a sort of metamorphosed slate?) which is quite soft; it can be marked with a fingernail. The date of this object is uncertain. Whetstones are known from the Roman period onwards, and without decoration or context are very hard to …
Created on: Friday 15th February 2008
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2012
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Record ID: SWYOR-5ABA34
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A whetstone or hone which is 117.3mm long, 52.7mm wide and 34.6mm thick. The stone is sub-rectangular in plan with rounded corners. It appears to be a water worn pebble which has not been deliberately shaped. One face has been used as a whetstone though. This face is very smooth and worn, but the other have not been used and are rougher. There is a semi-spherical hole in one side face of the stone, closer to one end. This appears to be natural as there are no striations within the hole to suggest deliberate working. It may be the result of an air bubble or pocket less durable material…
Created on: Friday 15th February 2008
Last updated: Wednesday 4th June 2014
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Record ID: LON-721A34
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post Medieval – Modern stone whetstone (16th – 19th century). The whetstone has a D-shaped cross-section and there is a circular perforation just off-centre in the upper third of the object. Part of the flat long surface is missing and one end is damaged. There is no evidence of use-wear polishing but this may have been lost with the damage to the surface, or the object was never used. Dimensions: length: 195.46mm; width: 59.77mm; thickness: 31.16mm
Created on: Monday 4th August 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: YORYM-AF84D7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large fragment of worked stone, that could be a 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 Mica Schist, sourced in Scandinavia. The stone has been chipped and ground. It is unusually shaped with a waisted section and a rounded, bulbous terminal. The opposite terminal is broken.
Created on: Tuesday 19th August 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Yapham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-9B8C85
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone which is likely to be of Roman to post-medieval date. The surviving section of the whetstone is broadly cuboid-shaped. The stone is a micaceous fine-grained sandstone (Dennis Parsons, pers. comm.). Dimensions: 78mm by 51mm by 42mm Weight: 295g
Created on: Saturday 1st March 2008
Last updated: Monday 3rd April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mells', grid reference and parish protected.


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