NMGW-5BE81F: Stone spindle-whorl of uncertain date, Roman to early Post Medieval

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: NMGW-5BE81F

Object type certainty: Certain
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Stone spindle-whorl of uncertain date, Roman to early Post Medieval, c. 100 - 1700

The spindle-whorl is comparatively regular and circular (of 35.8 - 37.4mm diameter and weighing 27.8g) is made from a fine-grained, micaeous sandstone, now with ground surfaces. The spindle-whorl is of sub-rectangular section (13.9mm thick) with near-flat faces. The perforation is central and is circular (7.4mm diameter) with straight parallel sides. There is no surviving evidence of applied decoration to the surfaces.

Margeson (1993, page 184)[1] has suggested that the weight of a spindle whorl is demonstrative of the thickness of yarn produced, with lighter spindle whorls (3 - 5 grams) being used for spinning cotton and the heavier ones (30 - 35 grams) for spinning wool. Since the weight of this spindle-whorl falls just short of the heavier category it is remains unsure which material it would have been used with. Spindle whorls are difficult to date precisely out of their original context, since they were used through most historical and archaeological periods. Many of the later examples tend to be undecorated. Egan (1998, page 256)[2] has argued that there was an apparent lack of interest in developing decorative styles of spindle whorls during the Medieval period, compared to the decorative examples known from the Roman and Early Medieval periods. Although decorated examples are known of from Medieval and Post Medieval periods.

[1] Margeson S., 1993, Norwich Households: The Medieval and Post Medieval Finds from Norwich Survey Excavations 1971-1978; East Anglian Archaeology Report No. 58, 1993

[2] Egan, G., 1998, The Medieval Household Daily Living c.1150-c.1450; Medieval Finds from Excavations in London: 6; Museum of London

Class: spindle-whorl

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 27.8 g
Diameter: 37.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 4th March 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Wenke Domscheit
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2013.157.4

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wrexham (Unitary Authority)
District: Wrexham (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Ruabon (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ3044
Four figure Latitude: 52.98874183
Four figure longitude: -3.04422011
1:25K map: SJ3044
1:10K map: SJ34SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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