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Whetstone
Date Made/Found: 1201-1500
Excavator: Mr Albert Leslie Armstrong , 1879 - 1958
Material and Medium: Stone
Place Object Found: Sheffield
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1995.84.14
A whetstone excavated from Sheffield Castle by A.L.Armstrong. This would have been used for sharpening knives or tools. Sheffield Castle was on the site of the current Castle Market in central Sheffield. It dated from around 1100 to 1648, when it was demolished. Mary Queen of Scots was kept here by George Talbot, the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, for fourteen years of her imprisonment. Before the castle was demolished, the moat began to silt up. Afterwards it slowly filled with debris. Many objects have been found in this debris. Armstrong carried out an excavation of parts of the castle site in 1927 in the area of what is now the Sheffield Co-operative Department Store.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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