Polisher, rubberPrevious owner: Previously owned by
, British, 1821 - 1861
Thomas William Bateman
, 1852 - 1895
Material and Medium: Stone
Dimensions: Length 10.5cm, maximum width 4cm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: J93.122
This stone was found at Kenslow Knoll in Derbyshire by William Bateman, the father of antiquarian Thomas Bateman, in 1821. It was found lying between two skeletons in a cist.
The stone is very smooth and is likely to be a polishing stone or rubber. These were used for giving bone or wood objects a smooth finish. It could also be a pestle, used for grinding up material in a bowl or mortar.
This object is difficult to date because the form of such objects does not change much throughout history. The other finds from this barrow suggest it was used in the Bronze Age and Romano-British periods. A Bronze Age date is most likely for this stone.