BERK-0605B4: Early-medieval spindle whorl: Spindle whorl

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: BERK-0605B4

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete lead alloy spindle whorl of probable Early-medieval date. The spindle whorl is plano-convex with a rising to a flat-topped peak, through which is the central perforation (8.2mm diameter) that extends right through the object. The sides of the whorl are decorated with sets of vertical lines; unusually the underside of the spindle whorl is also decorated, with four lines set equidistant around the base. While spindle whorls are hard to date out of context, similar whorls are discussed in Walton Rogers (2007). She suggests that this shape and central holes of a diameter of 6-9mm are more likely to be 6th century in date. However, neither feature is a reliable dating technique, so a later date is also possible.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 720

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 12.7 mm
Weight: 32.6 g
Diameter: 25.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014 - Wednesday 19th March 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2014.082

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Decoration style: Linear
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Welford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3974
Four figure Latitude: 51.46363512
Four figure longitude: -1.4399954
1:25K map: SU3974
1:10K map: SU37SE
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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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