SOM-03E48F: lead spindle whorl of unknown date

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Unique ID: SOM-03E48F

Object type certainty: Certain
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A lead spindle whorl. The object is a torus shape being circular in plan with a circular hole in its centre and sub-oval in cross section, almost being pointed on its outside edge and almost straight sided on its inside edge.

The spindle whorl is a light grey colour mostly with a worn smooth surface although it has a large chip, possibly from plough damage on its reverse.

The entire piece is 39.3mm by 39.5mm and measures 8.8mm thick. It weighs 69.91 grams. The circular hole through the centre, has a diameter of c.12.1mm.

Simple spindle whorls were in use over a very long period of time, and whilst decorated examples are typically assumed to be of late medieval date (see for example Standley 2016), plain examples such as this are largely undiagnostic.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 8.8 mm
Weight: 69.91 g
Diameter: 39.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 11th March 2019 - Tuesday 11th June 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Edward Caswell
Identified by: Mr Edward Caswell

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 018162

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Taunton Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Oake (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST1526
Four figure Latitude: 51.02705959
Four figure longitude: -3.21341448
1:25K map: ST1526
1:10K map: ST12NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: About one month ago
Updated: About one month ago

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