A whetstone from south-east England at Newstead, Melrose (Trimontium): the reach of a major Roman stone industry

J Allen (Author)


Keyword(s):
Whetstone
Location(s):
Newstead; Melrose; Upper River Tweed; Scotland; UKNGR: 357000,634400(Point)
Period(s):
Roman

Abstract


James Curle found at Newstead near Melrose an unusual whetstone of bar-shaped design, with rebates on the long edges, that is now on public display at the National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh). It is made from a greenish-grey, calcareous, very fine-grained sandstone, attributable to sandstones in the Weald Clay Formation (Lower Cretaceous) outcropping in the Weald of south-east England. Carefully manufactured whetstones produced by a large business in this area occur throughout most of Roman Britain and are also found on the coastal mainland of north-west Europe. The Newstead example is the northernmost of its products known on a spatially exponential distribution of sites.

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Published
30-11-2017
How to Cite
Allen, J. (2017). A whetstone from south-east England at Newstead, Melrose (Trimontium): the reach of a major Roman stone industry. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 146, 113-119. https://doi.org/10.9750/PSAS.146.1216
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