WMID-FCDA98: A Medieval Spindle Whorl

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Unique ID: WMID-FCDA98

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete lead bi-conical spindle whorl dating to the Medieval to Post Medieval period (c. AD 1200 - 1600). The spindle whorl is circular in plan and sub-triangular in cross-section, with sides that slope to a point at the perimeter, and a central, circular perforation. One face is decorated with a pattern of raised dots joined by lines. The other face may have been decorated with raised lines radiating from the central perforation but this face is too worn to fully make out. The object is well worn with a mid-grey patina.

Lead spindle whorls are difficult to date without archaeological context. Bi-conical spindle whorls with raised geometric designs can usually, however, be dated to the Medieval period. Similar examples on the database include: LANCUM-5E0386 and SWYOR-6A5C7C.

The overall dimensions are as follows: object is 26.83mm in diameter, 11.35mm in thickness and 33.87g in weight.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 11.35 mm
Weight: 33.87 g
Diameter: 26.83 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 12th November 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: Geometric
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Stafford (District)
Parish or ward: Seighford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8922
Four figure Latitude: 52.79544977
Four figure longitude: -2.16457521
1:25K map: SJ8922
1:10K map: SJ82SE
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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