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Record ID: SF8841
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Perforated pebble-hammer. Irregularly oval or sub-triangular in shape, relatively flat and small, with a drilled central perforation. Each edge is convex; there are two chips off the straightest and longest edge, but otherwise the object is complete. The stone is fine-grained with a smooth hard surface, and pale/medium brown. The perforation is relatively straight, and this suggests a Neolithic or Early Bronze Age date rather than Mesolithic. The function as a 'pebble-hammer' seems at first sight unlikely, in view of the small size and thinness, and the narrowness of its 10 mm dia…
Created on: Monday 24th June 2002
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'RATTLESDEN', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF7263
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Spindle whorl made from some kind of stone, probably sandstone but possibly lava. It is globular, with its widest point (35 mm in diameter) not at the midpoint but three-fifths of the way towards one end. It measures 25 mm from one end of the central circular perforation to the other, and the perforation flares from 7 mm at the more pointed end to 9 mm at the more rounded end. There are five grooves around the circumference which were probably made on a lathe. Spindle whorls are difficult to date, but most of those on middle and late Anglo-Saxon sites have lathe-turned grooved deco…
Created on: Tuesday 30th October 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'STOWUPLAND', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF6476
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Thurrock
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Block of possible sandstone, hollowed out cylindrically inside to make a possible vessel. Externally there is a carination close to the base. The rim is missing (surviving height 98 mm) and the breaks are abraded. There are three cracks around the circumference which have been eroded externally to form clefts. Internally the surface is a reddened orangey colour, and externally there is an orange patch close to a blackened patch; the colours appear to have sunk in between the grains of stone, like pigment or lichen. The inside has a curious smell which people tend to describe as 'burnt…
Created on: Tuesday 17th July 2001
Last updated: Friday 10th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'ESSEX EAST TILBURY', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF5007
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Irregular perforated weight or spindle-whorl made from chalk. Sub-rectangular with rounded corners when viewed either from the top or the side, it measures 27 x 34 mm and is 15 mm thick. It is either not particularly well made or has suffered some damage, as it has a rather lumpy outline. The circular perforation is a little off-centre and is symmetrically waisted, narrowing slightly to c. 10 mm minimum diameter. Weights like this one are usually interpreted as spindle-whorls, but a rectangular weight would perhaps not make a very good whorl as it would not turn evenly. They canno…
Created on: Friday 16th March 2001
Last updated: Thursday 20th December 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SUFFOLK DEBENHAM', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF4960
Object type: ECOFACTS
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fossil sea urchin in flint, so originally from chalk. It could just be a local fossil, but its size and beauty mean that it could easily have been deliberately collected in antiquity.
Created on: Thursday 8th March 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SUFFOLK WALSHAM LE WILLOWS', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF4816
Object type: ROTARY QUERN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of rotary quern made from puddingstone. Plano-convex, less than a quarter survives with no trace of the central hole. Probably an upper stone, although there is also no trace of a hole in the outside for a turning stick, or of iron bands to hold a handle for turning. Rounded orange or occasionally orange/red inclusions. Original diameter approx. 320 mm, height 90 mm, too heavy to weigh with a conventional balance. The stone for these querns comes from Hertfordshire and the centre for their manufacture may have been the Verulamium area.
Created on: Tuesday 20th February 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SUFFOLK CREETING ST PETER OR WEST CREETING', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF4690
Object type: PESTLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cylindrical stone object, made from quartzite, 86 mm in diameter and 54 mm thick. Both of the circular faces are smoothly polished; one face also has a hole 23-25 mm in diameter and c. 25 mm deep drilled into it. For most of its depth this hole is straight-sided, but the top 8 mm or so flares outwards and is rough, as if it has fractured off. The outer walls of the cylinder have rough 'pecking' marks (resulting from shaping) that have not been polished away. This object was provisionally identified as prehistoric and shown to the Department of Prehistory and Early Europe at the Br…
Created on: Tuesday 6th February 2001
Last updated: Tuesday 1st March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SUFFOLK EDWARDSTONE', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF4141
Object type: SADDLE QUERN
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Made from a coarse grained quartzite erratic with some possible shaping (or accidental damage) around the perimeter. The irregular oval working surface (280 x 200 mm) is dished to a depth of c. 35 mm and is pitted near its centre. Overall dimensions approximately 345 x 220 x 120 mm. Saddle querns were been in use in Britain from the late Neolithic into the Iron Age, being then replaced by rotary querns in many areas, but may have persisted in some places later.
Created on: Friday 8th December 2000
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SUFFOLK LOUND', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF3669
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Pebble hammer with hourglass-shaped perforation, hard dark brown/grey stone with pecked perforation and some hammer-usage at two ends.
Created on: Friday 13th October 2000
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SF3668
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Chalk spindle whorl, circular and plano-convex or slightly biconvex, and 37 mm in diameter. The circular perforation is 10 mm in diameter and slightly off-centre, and is cylindrical except for a slight flare at the flatter face. The chalk is hard and white with tiny black flecks and an area of brown staining.
Created on: Friday 13th October 2000
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'CAMBRIDGESHIRE BOTTISHAM', grid reference and parish protected.


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