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Record ID: SF-8A8798
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete pottery spindle whorl of probable Roman or Early-Medieval date. Half of the object is missing due to old breaks. It is formed from a sherd of very micaceous Roman grey ware vessel with roughly rounded edges giving an approximately circular form. At the centre of the object is an incomplete circular perforation where the whorl would originally have been suspended. It measures 39.69mm in surviving width, 22.54mm in surviving length, 6.55mm in thickness, and weighs 7.05g. This spindle whorl is perhaps of Roman date, although it is equally possible that it was created in the …
Created on: Thursday 21st January 2010
Last updated: Thursday 19th May 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Barton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-E665A6
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A base sherd from a Roman vessel reused as a spindle whorl. The fabric of the pottery is sandy and has been fired bright orange on the outside with some of the grey core remaining internally. The sherd appears to come from the base of the vessel as there is a slight lip, or raised pedestal base element on one side. The pottery sherd has been pierced to allow the spindle to fit in. The spindle whorl measures 39.04mm diameter and is 10.53mm thick. It weighs 18.6gms. The pottery sherd dates from the 3rd - 4th century.
Created on: Tuesday 8th December 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NLM-2B2326
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Roman pottery spindle whorl. Only half of the spindle whorl survives. The circular spindle whorl is oval in section with flat faces and the remains of a central circular hole. The fabric is light grey with a dark grey exterior on one face. There are very frequent sub-round sandy inclusions and occasional sparkly inclusions which are possibly mica. The diameter is 45.3mm, the diameter of the central hole is 7.9mm and the weight is 16.04g.
Created on: Thursday 6th November 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Grimsby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-5A5125
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Roman pottery base from a closed vessel probably of jar form of Much Hadham ware, oxidised of late 3rd-4th century date. This base has a circular hole drilled through its centre post firing and has been filed flat, it has therefore been re-used at a later date either by the Romans or Anglo-Saxons to make a weight or spindle whorl.
Created on: Thursday 22nd November 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickham Skeith', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-C91C45
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Pottery spindle whorl, circular in section and flat in profile, with one side flatter and less eroded than the other. The central circular bore hole measures about 8 mm in diameter. The fabric is an orange colour throughout and contains mica, felspar, augite and quartzite inclusions, which suggest that it was made from gabbroic clay, originating from the Lizard in Cornwall. Romano-British, judging from the date of the majority of finds that it was found with. Quinnell (2004) illustrates a similar example from Trethurgy on page 143, Fig.68, No.31 which is dated to the later stage…
Created on: Monday 23rd April 2007
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
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Record ID: YORYM-8B8032
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Coarse pottery spindle whorl. The object is not decorated. There is a narrow perforation in the centre.
Created on: Friday 20th April 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Rowley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-370317
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval - Post Medieval pottery spindle whorl made from stone ware, probably Langewehe, Belgium (late 15th – early 16th century). The spindle whorl has convex sides and slightly concave upper and lower surfaces. The central circular perforation has a diameter of 8.98mm. The spindle whorl is decorated with bands of horizontal incised lines around the midpoint. Dimensions: diameter: 27.34mm; thickness: 21.89mm; weight: 17.92g. Identified by Geoff Egan.
Created on: Monday 16th April 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'City of London', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-E7AC26
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Roman pottery rim fragment from a flagon (AD50-170). The fabric is white and sandy with irregular quartz and some mica inclusions. It resembles Verulamium Region White Ware. The sherd has been trimmed and it is very abraded probably through use. This suggests the rim was reused probably as a spindle whorl or possibly as a weight. The reuse could date Roman – Early Medieval - Anglo-Saxon (AD50-AD1066). Dimensions: diameter of the central hole: 21mm; diameter of rim: 46mm; thickness: 17mm; weight: 24.86g.
Created on: Friday 5th January 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cannon Street', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BUC-55A980
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small circular weight or possible spindle whorl made from a re-used ceramic sherd. The central circular hole is 14.2mm in diameter. The date of this object is not known but weights made from re-used sherds were common in the Roman period.
Created on: Tuesday 5th December 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Little Kimble', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GAT-C913E7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Gwynedd
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A perforated sub-circular object bearing incised decoration on one side. It is presumed to be a weight, possibly a spindle whorl, although it has been made from a light-weight, pumice-like material, which is granular in texture and has a mottled appearance. Each side of the object has an uneven surface and a number of chips around the edge. Although there is decoration on one side, the other side has at least one groove running across it. The weight is irregular in shape and the perforation is worn to a greater extent on the undecorated side. It may be a spindle whorl made from …
Created on: Thursday 18th May 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-3CC4A2
Object type: POT SHERD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pottery disc, circular in plan, apart from one broken edge, and convex in profile. It was probably cut and ground from a pottery sherd as a blank for a spindle whorl, but may not have been used because of its concave / convex profile. The surface and core of the sherd have been reduced to an dark brown to black colour. There are carbonised remains on the interior surface of the sherd or the underside of the disc. The fabric looks, from microscopic investigation, to have mica and slate inclusions. The fabric and possible uses of this disc make it likely to have come from a Romano…
Created on: Sunday 22nd January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: HESH-8BE8E7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Spindle whorl made from a piece of coarse-ware pottery or tile of Roman date (50-450 AD). The spindle whorl is sub-circular in plan, its diameter measures 33.4mm and is 10.9mm thick. There is a circular hole pierced through the whorl and this is set slightly off centre. The diameter of the hole measures 7.1mm. The whorl weighs 15.42 grams. The whorl is undecorated and the edges are worn. The fabric of the pottery is relatively hard earthenware with a number of small angular and sub-angular grit ironstone and quartz inclusions. The pottery / spindle whorl is a mid orange colour. I…
Created on: Monday 14th November 2005
Last updated: Friday 6th October 2017
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Record ID: NLM-3364E6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A circular pottery spindle whorl with a large circular perforation of 7.7mm diameter. The outer edge of the spindle whorl is decorated with two rows of punched squares. The external diameter is 24.7mm, the thickness is 10.2mm and the weight is 7.78g.
Created on: Thursday 10th November 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-8118E5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
1 sherd of greyware pottery cut into a circle and pierced to form a spindle whorl. The central hole is circular. Large body sherd from a jar. Coarse fabric with a slightly oxidised pink core. Mixed temper of sand, stone and grog.
Created on: Wednesday 15th September 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SF-8F90A4
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A weight or whorl of globular form with a central hole, apparently made of a ceramic material which now has the appearance of soft, whitish stone. The diameter is 23mm, the thickness 13mm, and the gauge of the hole 8mm. The object overall is subspherical and slightly irregular in form. It may be a spindle-whorl, but if so it is a very small one. If it had some other use as a pendant weight, it shows no sign of wear through motion against a string or thrum passing through the hole. the walls of the perforation are quite straight-sided.
Created on: Tuesday 10th August 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thrandeston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP2952
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Spindle whorl formed from a sub-circular fragment of samian ware. Slightly convex. The decoration on the upper surface consists of arcading and floral motifs below a zig-zag horizontal line. Hole drilled through the centre.
Created on: Thursday 30th January 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'HAMPSHIRE SOUTH WONSTON', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM6247
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
central drilled hole concave and widens towards the back (the diameter at the front is 7.10mm, the back is 10.00mm). Both top and bottom are flat with concave sides, object is sub oval. The artifact is made form a fragment of a Roman Humberside gray ware pot.
Created on: Tuesday 27th August 2002
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'WINTERTON', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT2678
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Spindle whorl made of pottery, dark shell ware. Fair-sized round conical spindle whorl, with a fair-sized central hole.
Created on: Wednesday 31st January 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'KENT HORTON KIRBY AND SOUTH DARENTH', grid reference and parish protected.


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