WMID-B33044: Roman to Post Medieval Spindle Whorl (front and reverse)

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: WMID-B33044

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A cast lead, or lead alloy, spindle whorl of Roman to Post Medieval date (AD1 - 1650). In plan the spindle whorl is sub-circular. There is a circular perforation which is 8.9 mm diameter which is located in the centre of the whorl. Both faces of the object are very worn so it is difficult to establish if there was originally any decoration. The surfaces of the spindle whorl are a light cream colour. The faces are uneven, possibly due to damage in the plough soil.

Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and decorated examples are thought to date to the medieval to post-medieval periods. However, this example is very worn and is very difficult to date precisely without other evidence (such as pottery).

The spindle whorl measures 27.8 mm diameter, is 8.8 mm thick and weighs 24 grams

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 8.8 mm
Weight: 24 g
Diameter: 27.8 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Miss Victoria Allnatt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Sheriffhales (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ7613
Four figure Latitude: 52.71412111
Four figure longitude: -2.35670542
1:25K map: SJ7613
1:10K map: SJ71SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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