Flat elongate whetstone.
It was found in a pit where it had been deliberately placed with other metalworking tools. The faces are all worn, the ends are bevelled and the sides are a mixture of bevelled and flat.
Such wear is consistent with the sharpening of narrower blades and the extent of its use suggests it was a well-loved tool, probably part of a personal toolkit. Its small overall size suggests it was used actively to work or sharpen small tools.
Other information & metadata
Site location: Brixworth, Northamptonshire
Project type: Archaeological excavation
Site type: Multiperiod site
Discovery context: Pit
Brixworth: Industrialisation of the Countryside – 2000 years ago – website article
Metal artefacts from Brixworth – website article