WMID-DE43F7: Probable Roman: Complete ceramic spindle whorl

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Unique ID: WMID-DE43F7

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A complete ceramic spindle whorl of probable Roman dating (AD 200 to AD 400).

The spindle whorl is circular in shape with a flat cross section. The upper and lower surfaces are flat. The central hole has been set roughly centrally, and has an internal diameter of 8.0 mm. The shape of the spindle whorl would suggest that it has been specifically made and not created from a reused sherd of pottery. The spindle whorl has been made from an oxidised ceramic, with frequent fine grit inclusions. As surfaces are weathered, with no fresh break available, it is not possible to identify the specific ceramic type, but it is broadly consistent with oxidised wares found during the Romano-British period, such as Severn Valley ware.

The spindle whorl has a diameter of 38.4 mm and is 17.6 mm thick. It weighs 22.4 g.

The spindle whorl is a mid orange colour. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough soil, has resulted in the loss of the surface.

Class: flat

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 200
Date to: Circa AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 17.6 mm
Weight: 22.4 g
Diameter: 38.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st September 2016 - Friday 30th September 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Chichester (District)
Parish or ward: East Lavington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU9414
Four figure Latitude: 50.91781619
Four figure longitude: -0.66413523
1:25K map: SU9414
1:10K map: SU91SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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