WMID-42E1EA: A Medieval Spindle Whorl

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: WMID-42E1EA

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An incomplete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval period (c. AD 1100-1450). The weight is biconical and roughly circular in plan, with the possible remains of a casting sprue on one side. The object has a central perforation and the remains of raised linear decoration on both faces .The whorl is thinner on one side than the other possibly owing to wear or owing to a fault in its manufacture. It has an even, light grey patina.

Similar spindle whorls with casting sprues recorded on the PAS database include: WMID-43A82A; WMID-B2083A; and CPAT-E02713. Spindle whorls, as an artefact type, can be hard to date accurately as they remained in use for a long period of time, however lead alloy spindle whorls of this type are normally attributed to the Medieval period (c. AD 1100 to 1450 AD).

The overall dimensions are as follows: 37.6mm in length, 27.63mm in width, 8.87mm in thickness and 26.58g in weight.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.6 mm
Width: 27.63 mm
Thickness: 8.87 mm
Weight: 26.58 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 8th March 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Susheela Burford
Identified by: Dr Susheela Burford

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Linear
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Moreton cum Alcumlow (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8559
Four figure Latitude: 53.12795122
Four figure longitude: -2.22562319
1:25K map: SJ8559
1:10K map: SJ85NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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