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Whetstone

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From Adabrock, Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Whetstone
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Whetstones were used to sharpen metal tools. This stone example was found at Adabrock on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in a hoard of tools, weapons, vessel fragments and beads. The hoard was buried between 950 and 750 BC.

Polisher of quartzitic slate stone from Adabrock, Lewis

The Adabrock hoard demonstrates the widespread and complex links between the elite of Scotland and the outside world during the early first millennium BC. The inclusion of whetstones in this hoard seems to underline the importance of such simple tools.

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