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    • Institution: WMID
    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL

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Record ID: WMID-646AC5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
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A lead spindle whorl of probable early medieval date, though it may run into the medieval period. The spindle whorl is bi-conical with a central perforation which measures 8.6 mm in diameter. The whorl is decorated on both sides with linear designs, and these appear to be runic script. It is possible that the script is pseudo-runic, and merely intended to imitate a script, as not all letters seem to be genuine Anglo-Saxon runes. If not entirely fictional and imitative, it is possible that the runes may relate to an individual's name, or perhaps are a religious inscription. The spindle…
Created on: Friday 18th November 2011
Last updated: Saturday 11th February 2017
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Record ID: WMID-EA7BF5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl of probable Early Medieval date, though it may run into the medieval period. The spindle whorl is bi-conical with a central perforation which is broken and it is missing a chunk. The object is decorated on both sides with linear designs, and these appear to be runic script. It is possible that the script is pseudo-runic, and merely intended to imitate a script, but it does seem that the runes are genuine Anglo-Saxon runes. Wear on the spindle whorl and the missing section hamper decipherment and the meaning of the runes has not yet been established. It is possible…
Created on: Tuesday 25th January 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 25th January 2011
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Record ID: WMID-A1C5D3
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast lead spindle whorl, dating to the Early Medieval period, between AD 410 – 1066 (length: 13.5mm; diameter at base: 29.5mm; diameter at top: 15mm; weight: 48.9g). This flat-based spindle whorl is conical in plan with a drilled central and cylindrical hole (diameter of hole: 9mm) running through the artefact from the top to the bottom. The artefact tapers upwards and inwards from a large base to a narrow and flat top. The spindle whorl is decorated around the outside at approximately halfway between the top and bottom with nine crude circular indentations that appear …
Created on: Thursday 2nd November 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Albrighton', grid reference and parish protected.


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