WREX-9C4A3D: Medieval lead alloy spindle whorl with geometric decoration, c.1300-1500AD.

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: WREX-9C4A3D

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Incomplete lead spindle whorl, dating from the medieval period (AD1300-1500). The whorl is made up of a central bi-conical body that is decorated on both faces with a series of raised triangles and pellets. The perforation has an internal diameter of 10.8mm. The surface of the whorl is worn with a powdery white patina.

Diameter: 28.5mm; thickness: 6.4mm; weight: 22.3g.

Notes:

Lead weights of this form were commonly used throughout the Medieval and Post-Medieval period and are therefore difficult to date accurately. Examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period although the majority are typically dated broadly to the medieval period c.1100-1500.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 75.1 mm
Thickness: 6.4 mm
Weight: 22.3 g
Diameter: 28.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2019 - Thursday 17th January 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NWales PAS 190117/1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Conwy (Unitary Authority)
District: Conwy (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Caerhun

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting.

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