WREX-F9497B: Fragment of a medieval lead alloy spindle whorl

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: WREX-F9497B

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Cast lead-alloy spindle whorl, dating from the medieval period (AD1200-1500). The whorl is made up of a central biconical body decorated with a zig-zag line. This is attached, at the 4 cardinal points, to an outer "ring that has "rope" like decoration. This ring is 2.6mm thick and only survives on half of the whorl. The central perforation has an internal diameter of 8.4mm.

Diameter: 25.7; thickness: 11.1mm; weight: 13.3g

Notes:

Lead weights of this form were commonly used throughout the Medieval and Post-Medieval period and are therefore difficult to date accurately. Examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period although the majority are typically dated broadly to the medieval period c.1100-1500.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 11.1 mm
Weight: 13.3 g
Diameter: 25.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 16th August 2017 - Wednesday 16th August 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Susie White
Identified by: Dr Susie White

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Wrexham museum entry receipt 1188

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Wrexham (Unitary Authority)
District: Wrexham (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Sesswick

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting.

References cited

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Recording Institution: WREX
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