YORYM-FCAD23: Uncertain Date : Spindle Whorl

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A complete stone spindle whorl of uncertain date. The object is made of a soft, light calsitic stone which has been worked to be circular in plan with rounded sides and edges. A sub-circular central perforation is present and the whorl is undecorated.
The whorl is 44.2mm in diameter, 14mm thick and weighs 31.4g.

Spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty. Geoff Egan suggests that the cheaper, possibly home-made, ceramic and bone spindle whorls were displaced by purposefully manufactured stone examples in the medieval period. This would suggest that this example is medieval in date.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: IRON AGE

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 14 mm
Weight: 31.4 g
Diameter: 44.2 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Barmston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA1761
Four figure Latitude: 54.031727
Four figure longitude: -0.215187
1:25K map: TA1761
1:10K map: TA16SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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