Whetstone or burnisher

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From Beachons Farm, Edinkillie, Moray

Postcard of Whetstone or burnisher.
© National Museums Scotland

Whetstone or burnisher

A whetstone is a stone used to sharpen knives or tools. This stone object may be a small whetstone or a burnisher, a rubbing tool used to smoothing an object. It was found at Beachons Farm at Edinkillie in Moray, and could date any time between 2000 BC and 1900 AD.

Whetstone from Beachons Farm, Edinkillie, Moray, 2000 BC - 1900 AD

Whetstones and burnishers were used over a very long time - modern examples differ little from ancient ones. Whetstones were used to sharpen weapons and everyday tools, while burnishers were used for a number of purposes, including preserving hides.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-038-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AL 182
Date: 2000 BC - 1900 AD
Between 2000 BC and 1900 AD
Material: Quartzite
Dimensions: 2.56" x 0.44" x 0.44"
What: Whetstone
Where: Scotland, Moray, Dunphail Estate, Edinkillie, Beachons Farm
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