WMID-B0B2B5: Roman to Post Medieval: Complete discoidal spindlewhorl

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Unique ID: WMID-B0B2B5

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A complete lead or lead alloy flat spindle whorl, of Roman to Post Medieval dating (AD 43 - AD 1650).

The spindle whorl is sub circular in plan, and sub rectangular (flat) in cross section. The central hole is sub circular in shape and has been cast centrally. The internal diameter of the hole measures 9.43 MM wide. No traces of decoration are present on either the upper or lower faces.

The whorl has a diameter of 36.52 MM and is 5.63 MM thick. It weighs 37.7 grams.

The whorl is of a light to mid grey colour, with an even surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough soil, has resulted in a loss of some of the original surface detail.

Spindle whorls, as an artefact type, can be hard to date accurately as they remained in use for a long period of time, however lead alloy spindle whorls of this type are normally attributed to the Medieval period (c. AD 1100 to AD 1450). The weight of the spindle whorl is suggestive of a fine silk or linen thread being spun, as there is a direct relationship between the weight of the whorl and the thickness of the resulting thread. Fine threads such as silk require a lighter whorl than those used to spun wool or linen.

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 5.63 mm
Weight: 37.7 g
Diameter: 36.52 mm

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District)
Parish or ward: Horton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ9357
Four figure Latitude: 53.11014007
Four figure longitude: -2.10602227
1:25K map: SJ9357
1:10K map: SJ95NW
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 whilst searching with a metal detector

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Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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