NLM-C6CA91: Early Medieval Spindle Whorl

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Unique ID: NLM-C6CA91

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Pale limestone spindle whorl. A discoid cylindrical form with rounded edges, formerly to be described as bun-shaped, though this term is now decried for its imprecision, cf. Walton Rogers form B. A drilled aperture of diameter 9.4mm is set centrally. Abraded. The mass would make this suitable to spin a fine yarn. The spindle-hole size may indicate an Anglo-Scandinavian rather than an earlier date. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 850-1000

Diameter: 33.1mm, Thickness: 14.7mm, Weight: 20.72gms


The pale bright stone might be a Magnesian Limestone; if so, it may have travelled from the area of Tadcaster or Doncaster to reach its find spot. Small items of identifiably non-local stone appear to have accompanied larger consignments intended for building work in the Medieval period, and the same mechanism may have obtained in earlier times. The Roman period saw the first exploitation of Magnesian Limestone, Tadcaster then being named Calcaria, with a later floruit as a building stone extending from the late 12th century to the later 17th.

Class: cf. Walton Rogers form B

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 850
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 14.7 mm
Weight: 20.72 g
Diameter: 33.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 25th June 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM42978

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North East Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North East Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Brigsley

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

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