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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Broad period: IRON AGE

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Record ID: YORYM-0589C2
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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A complete lead-alloy weight or spindle whorl of possible Iron Age to Roman date, c.50 BC - AD 410. The object is circular with a flat top and domed base and a central perforation running through it. All surfaces appear undecorated and are worn. The metal has a mid-grey/white patina with a pitted surface. The object is 19.3mm in diameter, 12.9mm thick and weighs 25.6g. The perforation is 6.3mm in diameter suggesting an Iron Age to Roman date as per the thicker spindles of this period (Walton Rogers, 1997, p.1731). Ref: Walton Rogers, P., 1997. Textile Production at 16-22 Coppergate …
Created on: Tuesday 30th July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 21st August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cottam', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-CAD138
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Leicestershire
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A lead possibly Spindle whorl of possible Iron Age date, about 800 BC - AD 50. If it is a spindle whorl, it is of Walton Rogers Form C1 which has no flat faces and curved sides. This example is sub-spherical. Alberti notes that globular (in which she includes spherical) whorls are uncommon. The central hole has a diameter of 8mm. This is consistent with Walton Roger's suggests range of 4-8mm for Iron Age and Roman whorls, and she also notes that spherical whorls cease to be used in the Roman period. The object has a well developed brown patina. It is 21.9mm tall, 26.2mm diameter and 65…
Created on: Thursday 28th March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
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Record ID: CORN-111E0B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
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A spindle whorl of mica schist dating from the Iron Age or Romano-British period (c.700 BC- AD 500). The whorl is circular in plan and rectangular in profile: 28 mm in diameter, 12 mm in height, 10 mm in thickness and 15.42 g in weight. The whorl has a circular perforation which is 9.5 mm in diameter and within 1 mm of the centre, ensuring that it would be well balanced when in use during the spinning process. The perforation is slightly hour-glass shaped, indicating that it was drilled from both sides, probably with a bow drill using a flint or metal tip. The schist is a pale pinky-gr…
Created on: Thursday 7th March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 20th March 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-D0A456
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Wakefield
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A cast lead alloy probable spindle whorl, of Walton Rogers form B2, probably dating from the Iron Age to Roman period, about 800 BC - AD 400. It is of sub-rectangular cross-section, with flat upper and lower surfaces and curved sides. There is a central, circular perforation of internal diameter 4.3mm. There is no decoration. The whorl has a smooth cream patina. It has a diameter of 17.8mm, is 11.6mm thick, and has a weight of 21.9g. This type of spindle whorl is illustrated in Walton Rogers, 2007, Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon England, page 25. Form B2 is known from the Iro…
Created on: Monday 4th March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Record ID: CORN-08B6B8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
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A micaceous hornfels spindle whorl dating from the Iron Age to the Roman period. The whorl is sub-circular in plan, varying between 42 mm and 42.5 mm in diameter, and sub-rectangular in profile, varying between 6.5 mm and 9 mm in thickness, weight 27.75 g. The circular perforation is 6.5 mm in diameter and is distinctly off-centre, being at its closest 8 mm from the circumference and at its furthest 20.5 mm; the perforation appears to have been drilled from one side only, resulting in some slight splitting of the stone around its edges on the side where the drill emerged. Stone spindle…
Created on: Thursday 17th January 2019
Last updated: Monday 25th March 2019
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Record ID: PUBLIC-99D62E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
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Cast lead spindle whorl, circular in plan, sub-rectangular in profile with a circular central perforation that is 8 mm in diameter. On one side the whorl has a circular ridge that is generally 4 mm in from the edge and follows the circumference but is not clearly defined and appears to have been formed by pressing a disc into the lead. This example is probably Iron Age or Romano-British and is similar to finds CORN-76B6EA and CORN-76A61B. The whorl has a diameter of 30.8 mm, a thickness of 11.5 mm and weighs 47 g. Parallels can be found in a lead spindle whorl from Roman Aldborough, N…
Created on: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 14th November 2018
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Record ID: CORN-23155B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
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A complete micaceous pink slate spindle whorl, circular in plan and sub-rectangular in profile, with parallel faces. ranging in colour from grey, black and pinkish. The whorl has been perforated through the centre and the hole is circular in plan and cylindrical in profile, 9.1 mm in diameter and 6.8 mm deep, and very close to the centre so that the whorl would be balanced while used in the spinning process. The hole is slightly flanged as it opens out at the surface of each face and was probably drilled with a bow drill with a flint or metal tip. There appear to be circular recesses i…
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 19th March 2019
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Record ID: CORN-1728DA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
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Schist spindle whorl, circular in plan and biconical in profile with a central perforation that is 9 mm in diameter and 9 mm deep and slightly waisted in profile. The centre of the whorl is 9 mm in thickness and it tapers to a narrow edge which is on average about 4 mm thick. The schist is grey in colour with small specks of reflective mica and darker platy elongated minerals which could be hornblende or graphite as these are typical inclusions. The edges of the whorl have broken away through wear or damage, as the schist fractures along its planar layers. The surface is pitted and cra…
Created on: Tuesday 20th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st March 2018
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Record ID: WILT-E9779D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Wiltshire
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An Iron Age clay spindle whorl dating to the period 800 BC- AD 43. The spindle whorl is of unusual design and is reel shaped with two sub-circular discs at either end which gradually narrow to a 'waist' in the centre. There is a vertical hole pierced through the centre of both discs. The spindle whorl is made of a reddish brown clay with about two-thirds of the surface of both ends and a joining section across the 'waist' coloured black. There are numerous small to medium flint inclusions and a number of large flint inclusions. The spindle whorl is crudely made, although the surface i…
Created on: Tuesday 5th September 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th October 2017
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Record ID: CORN-76B6EA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
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Cast lead spindle whorl, circular in plan, sub-rectangular in profile and square in section, with a circular central perforation that has a raised border around its upper edge. The whorl is 25 mm in diameter and 10 mm in height and the spindle hole is 9 mm in diameter and 9 mm in height. Probably from the Roman period as other similar examples have been found near Roman coins or in Roman contexts. Parallels can be found in Roman Aldborough, North Yorkshire (Bishop, 1996, page 31, fig.17, no.171). This spindle whorl is a similar size to the Aldborough example and another tin spindle wh…
Created on: Monday 31st October 2016
Last updated: Thursday 23rd November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Constantine', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GAT-2277ED
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Denbighshire
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Disc spindle whorl, made of stone and damaged in antiquity in two places on the edge. The face with the most damage is characterised by dipping within the thickness of the edge, which has subsequently been handled and made smooth. The central hole is very cleanly drilled.
Created on: Monday 3rd October 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 7th December 2016
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Record ID: GAT-21FCD2
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Denbighshire
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Disc spindle whorl, made of stone, and damaged in one place on the edge. The face displaying the most damage has incised parallel lines radiating outwards from the central hole. Also on this face there is incised decoration which forms an uneven circle about halfway across the diameter. On the opposing face there are three radiating parallel incisions covering part of the face, whilst the remainder has been rubbed smooth, partially removing the decoration which consists of incised lines running across the diameter of the face.
Created on: Monday 3rd October 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 7th December 2016
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Record ID: CORN-B50BF1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead spindle whorl, circular in plan and biconical in profile and section, with a neat circular central perforation that is worn on on edge. The spindle hole is 5 mm in diameter and 10 mm in height. Probably from the Roman period as other similar examples have been found near Roman coins or in Roman contexts. Parallels can be found in Roman Aldborough, North Yorkshire (Bishop, 1996, page 31, fig.17, no.171). This spindle whorl is smaller that the Aldborough example and another tin spindle whorl (24 mm diameter) found at the Iron Age and Romano-British site at Trevelgue Head near …
Created on: Sunday 4th September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 15th September 2016
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Record ID: HESH-1B967F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: County of Herefordshire
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Eardisland History and Heritage Group Eardisland Excavation 2013 Site Summary: Finds made during excavation of a single trench 16m x 1.25m across crop marks on cultivated land. Site number: RHYD 13 Context number:004 Description: A stone spindle whorl of Iron Age date (100 BC - 43AD). The spindle whorl is circular in plan with one edge being especially flattened There is a circular shaped hole set slightly off centre. It was made by drilling from each side. It is likely that this would have been done with a bow drill and sand, which acts as the abrasive. The cent…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Last updated: Friday 2nd June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Eardisland', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-9BE2F7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Micaceous argillaceous shale spindle whorl, ranging from pink to light brown in colour with a sparkling surface from the mica inclusions. The whorl is oval in plan and flat in profile, with smooth parallel faces, and a slightly off-centre tapering depression in each face which do not meet in the middle and perforate the stone. On one face the depression is 2 mm in diameter and 3 mm deep and the other depression on the opposite face is 4 mm in diameter and 2 mm deep. The depressions have been deliberately drilled from each face but not completed so that the spindle whorl was never used…
Created on: Saturday 30th May 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
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Record ID: PUBLIC-6FDD04
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy probable spindle whorl possibly dating from the Iron Age, about 800 BC - AD 43. The whorl is a sub-spherical with a flattened face top and bottom. This would fit into type B2 in the Coppergate classification system, a type that was mainly used in the Iron Age, but continuing into the 7th century. The central aperture is circular and has a diameter of about 4mm at one end widening to 6mm at the other. This makes it more likely that the whorl is Iron Age in date (compare SWYOR-209496 which cites Walton Rogers, 2007, page 23 - 25). However, whorls are notoriously difficult t…
Created on: Thursday 28th May 2015
Last updated: Monday 29th June 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-209496
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Bradford
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy probable spindle whorl possibly dating from the Iron Age, about 400 BC - AD 43. The whorl is sub-spherical with a flattened face top and bottom. This would fit into type B2 in the Coppergate classification system, a type that was mainly used in the Iron Age, but continuing into the 7th century. The central aperture is circular and has a diameter of about 6mm. This makes it more likely that the whorl is Iron Age in date (Walton Rogers, 2007, page 23 - 25). However, whorls are notoriously difficult to date and a later date (up to the AD 1600) cannot be ruled out. The whorl …
Created on: Monday 18th August 2014
Last updated: Monday 18th August 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Keighley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-900426
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
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Silty sedimentary stone spindle whorl, ranging from pink to brown in colour, with small flecks of mica, so it may be a micaceous argillaceous shale. The whorl is circular in plan and sub-rectangular in profile, with parallel faces apart from a thinner edge on both sides where a layers of the shale have broken away through wear or damage. The central aperture is circular in plan and cylindrical in profile and measures 9 mm in diameter and 10 mm deep. The central position of the aperture would enable the whorl to be balanced while used in the spinning process. The aperture has concentric…
Created on: Thursday 6th March 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 20th March 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-279BB7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete cast lead spindle whorl or weight of uncertain date. The object is plano-convex with a flat base and domed top. A central perforation runs through the object and it is undecorated. The metal is a mid greyish-white colour and is worn. The object is 25.2mm in diameter, 9.2mm thick and weighs 32.5g. Lead spindle whorls and weights were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty without supporting archaeological context. The function of such objects is also difficult to determine as the forms are common…
Created on: Thursday 31st October 2013
Last updated: Monday 11th November 2013
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Record ID: CORN-26DCB6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete slate spindle whorl, circular in plan and sub-rectangular in profile, with parallel faces apart from thinner edges where several layers of slate have broken away, ranging from grey to black in colour. The whorl has been perforated through the centre and the hole is cylindrical in profile, 6 mm in diameter and 7 mm deep, and very close to the centre so that the whorl would be balanced while used in the spinning process. The hole is slightly flanged as it opens out at the surface of each face, and was probably drilled with a bow drill with a flint or metal tip. Slate is commo…
Created on: Wednesday 7th August 2013
Last updated: Thursday 8th August 2013
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