YORYM-F6CC6C: Unknown : Spindle Whorl.

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: YORYM-F6CC6C

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete stone spindle whorl of uncertain date. The object is made of a flint. It has been shaped through covering, scaled retouching on one side and the edges. The other side retains its natural, smooth surface until it meets the covering, scaled retuching at the edges. A sub-circular central perforation is present. The end of the perforation on the worked side of the spindle whorl is wider than the end of the perforation on the unworked side, suggesting that the hole was drilled from the worked side. The spindle whorl is undecorated.

The spindle whorl is 30.2mm in diameter, 11.6mm thick and weighs 11.1g.

Similar objects have been recorded on the database as SOMDOR-EEBBA3, YORYM-FCAD23, and NLM-2D13CF.

Spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the Post-Medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty. Geoff Egan suggests that the cheaper, possibly home-made, ceramic and bone spindle whorls were displaced by purposefully manufactured stone examples in the Medieval period. It is possible, then, that the home-made nature of this spindle whorl suggests an Iron Age to Early-Medieval date, although the lack of contextual evidence means that this cannot be stated with any certainty.

Ref: Egan, G., 1998 The Medieval Household: Daily Living c.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London) London: The Stationery Office p.255ff.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa 800 BC
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 11.6 mm
Weight: 11.1 g
Diameter: 30.2 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Emily Tilley
Identified by: Miss Emily Tilley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05724

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Market Weighton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE8842
Four figure Latitude: 53.86676196
Four figure longitude: -0.66326058
1:25K map: SE8842
1:10K map: SE84SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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