HESH-8BE8E7: Roman Spindle Whorl

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Unique ID: HESH-8BE8E7

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Spindle whorl made from a piece of coarse-ware pottery or tile of Roman date (50-450 AD). The spindle whorl is sub-circular in plan, its diameter measures 33.4mm and is 10.9mm thick. There is a circular hole pierced through the whorl and this is set slightly off centre. The diameter of the hole measures 7.1mm. The whorl weighs 15.42 grams.

The whorl is undecorated and the edges are worn. The fabric of the pottery is relatively hard earthenware with a number of small angular and sub-angular grit ironstone and quartz inclusions. The pottery / spindle whorl is a mid orange colour. It has been abraded and rolled in the plough soil. The edges of the whorl have also been damaged and this has resulted in it becoming slightly irregular in plan. The dating of this whorl is fairly conclusive due to it being made from Roman pottery.

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Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 50
Date to: AD 450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 10.4 mm
Weight: 15.42 g
Diameter: 33.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 12th April 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Pottery
Manufacture method: Multiple

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Craven Arms (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO4283
Four figure Latitude: 52.44187409
Four figure longitude: -2.85469563
1:25K map: SO4283
1:10K map: SO48SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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