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Whetstone

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from Kildonan, Eigg, Inner Hebrides

Whetstone
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This slate whetstone was found in a man's grave at Kildonan on Eigg in the Inner Hebrides. He was buried between 875 and 925 with a sword, a plain penannular brooch, a belt, jet beads and some small pieces of flint.

The whetstone has a hole at one end to allow it to be hung from a belt. It is broken at the other end. It is worn from much use.

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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