The whetstone blanks from the Forum gutter at Roman Wroxeter: the case for provinance.

John. R.L. Allen, Andrew C. Scott

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The hand-specimen appearance, petrography, detrital mineralogy and palynology of this exceptional assemblage of whetstones strongly point to their origin in the early Cretaceous Weald Clay Formation of the western/northwestern Weald of southeast England, and not in the Middle Jurassic or Kentish rag source as previously suggested. Whetstones of a similar character are widely distributed at a variety of mid and late Roman sites in central-southern and southeastern England, plausibly supporting Atkinson’s proposal that a substantial geomaterials industry making hones existed at this time in Roman Britain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalTransactions of the Shropshire County Archaeological and Historical Society
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • Archaeology
  • Roman
  • Provinance

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