IOW-087238: Unknown: Spindle Whorl

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: IOW-087238

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A complete lead alloy possible spindle whorl of Unknown date (c. AD 43-c. 1800).

The spindle whorl is circular in plan, hemi-spherical, domed at the top and flat on the underside. There is a parallel sided circular hole at the centre with a diameter of 8.1mm.

The object is grey with patches of a buff patina.

Diameter: 25.5mm; thickness: 11.2mm. Weight: 40.72g.

Spindle whorls, as an artefact type, can be hard to date accurately as they remained in use for a long period of time. The weight of the spindle whorl is suggestive of a thick wool thread being spun, as there is a direct relationship between the weight of the whorl and the thickness of the resulting thread. Fine threads such as silk require a lighter whorl than those used to spun wool or linen. There is a possibility this is a weight, but the size of the central perforation does allow it to be a spindle whorl.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: UNKNOWN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 11.2 mm
Weight: 40.72 g
Diameter: 25.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 11th August 2019 - Sunday 11th August 2019

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2019-1-198

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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