CORN-C91C45: Romano-British gabbroic ware spindle whorl

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Unique ID: CORN-C91C45

Object type certainty: Certain
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Pottery spindle whorl, circular in section and flat in profile, with one side flatter and less eroded than the other. The central circular bore hole measures about 8 mm in diameter. The fabric is an orange colour throughout and contains mica, felspar, augite and quartzite inclusions, which suggest that it was made from gabbroic clay, originating from the Lizard in Cornwall. Romano-British, judging from the date of the majority of finds that it was found with. Quinnell (2004) illustrates a similar example from Trethurgy on page 143, Fig.68, No.31 which is dated to the later stages of the site, c.AD 500-550. Carlyon (1987) illustrates a similar example from Carvossa on page 137, Fig.14, No.30, which is dated from the 1st to the 4th century AD.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: returned to finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 11.8 mm
Weight: 11.11 g
Diameter: 36 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 4th March 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 477C.8

Materials and construction

Primary material: Pottery
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Paul (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW4526
Four figure Latitude: 50.079285
Four figure longitude: -5.565627
1:25K map: SW4526
1:10K map: SW46SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
Discovery circumstances: Found along with Iron Age and Romano-British pottery, daub, whetstones, spindle whorls and rotary quern fragments, all within an area of 75 square metres, in one corner of the field
Current location: returned to finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Carlyon, P.M. 1987 Finds from the Earthwork at Carvossa Redruth Cornwall Archaeological Society 137, Fig.14, No.30
Quinnell, H. 2004 Trethurgy: Excavations at Trethurgy Round, St. Austell Truro Cornwall County Council 143, Fig.68, No.31

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Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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