LANCUM-DD5E25: Lead spindle whorl or gaming piece

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: LANCUM-DD5E25

Object type certainty: Probably
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Lead spindle whorl or possibly gaming piece of early medieval to post-medieval date (c. 800 - 1650 AD). The object is cylindrical in form with a central circular perforation. The top face is embellished by rectangular indents, giving the impression of crenellation. The object has a light-brown patina. It is 25.54mm in diameter and 10.85mm in thickness. The diameter of the central perforation is 9.84mm. It weighs 37.40g.

Lead spindle whorls are difficult to date without archaeological context. Cylindrical examples with decoration only on one side have been dated to the early medieval and medieval periods, for instance: LEIC-4671C6 and LANCUM-A31FF2. NLM-377BEB in particular is a close parallel and the record notes the close similarity of these objects to early medieval gaming pieces such as WAW-B25F52, many of which are perforated. An early medieval date is strongly suggested therefore, but cannot be proved until excavated parallels are found.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 10.85 mm
Weight: 37.4 g
Diameter: 25.54 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Lydia Prosser
Identified by: Miss Lydia Prosser

Other reference numbers

Other reference: N5179

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Lancaster (District)
Parish or ward: Warton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SD4972
Four figure Latitude: 54.14128987
Four figure longitude: -2.78216349
1:25K map: SD4972
1:10K map: SD47SE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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