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Whetstone

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from Kildonan, Eigg, Inner Hebrides

Whetstone
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This stone whetstone was found at Kildonan on Eigg in the Inner Hebrides in a man's grave. He was buried between 900 and 950 with some expensive textiles, a spear, an axe, an elaborate buckle, and other grave goods characteristic of Viking burials.

The small whetstone is a bit chipped on one end, but otherwise well preserved.

Whetstones were used to sharpen tools and weapons. They occur in a number of shapes and sizes. Some stones were particularly favoured, and traded widely in the Viking world. They occur in graves of both men and women.

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