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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Broad period: ROMAN

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Record ID: WAW-80D3DE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Worcestershire
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Roman to Medieval (1st to 15th centuries) spindle whorl: A lead whorl which is circular in plan and in profile is D-sectioned with the base being flat. There is a central sub-circular perforation which is 7.55mm diameter. The surface is a light cream colour. It measures 25.09mm diameter and is 10.64mm thick. It weighs 26.77g. 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 wh…
Created on: Monday 5th August 2019
Last updated: Monday 5th August 2019
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Record ID: HESH-6EC976
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
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A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (1 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly ovullar in plan and is D shaped in the cross section; it has been eroded in the soil. The central hole is a circular shape; it has an internal diameter of 5.95mm x 5.85mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are very difficult to date precisely without other evidence (such as pottery), though it was found i…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Last updated: Thursday 25th July 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-FAD567
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Nottinghamshire
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A cast lead spindle whorl probably dating from the Roman period, about AD 43 - 410. The whorl is of conical form, which does not fit clearly into Walton Rogers' typology, but is most similar to form A1. The object has a height of 16.1mm, a base diameter of 21.2mm, and weighs 32.5g. The central hole aperture has a consistent diameter of 4.5mm. The small size of the aperture, and the shape of the whorl, suggest a date in the Roman period. Alberti (2017) lists conical whorls as a shape known in the Roman period. See also Walton Rogers (2007, pp. 24-26).
Created on: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Last updated: Thursday 4th July 2019
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Record ID: HESH-862418
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
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A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (50 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD 50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly oval in plan and D-shaped in cross section; it has been heavily eroded in the soil. The central hole is broadly circular in shape and has been cast off centre; it tapers from an internal diameter of 8.4mm on the larger, flat face of the whorl to an internal diameter of 6.3mm on the opposite face. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a lon…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brampton Bryan', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-85871E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
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A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (50 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD 50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly oval in plan and rectangular in cross section; it has been heavily eroded in the soil. The central hole is broadly oval in shape and has been cast centrally; it has an internal diameter of 6.2mm by 4.0. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The body of the whorl narrows to form a radial waist along the long axis of the whorl and central hole, with pronounced radial grooves at this point. This may be the result of wear or possibl…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brampton Bryan', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-852585
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
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A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (1 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD50-350). The spindle whorl is ireregularly square in plan and is a deformed shaped in the cross section; it has been eroded in the soil. The central hole is a circular shape; it has an internal diameter of 4.42mm x 4.03mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are very difficult to date precisely without other evidence (such as pottery), though i…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
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Record ID: HESH-8517C1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
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A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (50 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD 50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly circular in plan and rectangular in cross section; it has been heavily eroded in the soil. The central hole is circular in shape and has been cast centrally; it has an internal diameter of 6.4mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated. A single radial nick extends either side of the central hole. This may be functional where the whorl has been mounted on the distaff, or as a result of wear. The spindle whorl has a cream - white col…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brampton Bryan', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-850353
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (1 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD50-350). The spindle whorl is ireregularly ovullar in plan and is D shaped in the cross section; it has been eroded in the soil. The central hole is a circular shape and has a pertrusion of lead alloy on the upper surface; it has an internal diameter of 6.80mm x 6.50mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are very difficult to date precisely wi…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
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Record ID: HESH-84D4E8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (1 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly ovullar in plan and is D shaped in the cross section; it has been eroded in the soil. The central hole is a circular shape; it has an internal diameter of 5.95mm x 5.85mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are very difficult to date precisely without other evidence (such as pottery), though it was found i…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
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Record ID: HESH-84C2F3
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (50 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD 50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly a rounded rectangle in plan and a rectangle in cross section; it has been heavily eroded in the soil. The central hole is an irregular oval shape, possibly extended as result of wear; and has been cast off-centre; it has an internal diameter of 2.8mm x 3.5mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated.. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are very …
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brampton Bryan', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-846969
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (50 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD 50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly oval in plan and is a parallelogram in cross section; it has been heavily eroded in the soil. The central hole is circular; and has been cast relatively centrally; it has an internal diameter of 3.7mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are very difficult to date precisely without other evidence (such as…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brampton Bryan', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-8380BE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (1 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly circular in plan and flat in cross section; it has been eroded in the soil. The central hole is a an irregular square shape; it has an internal diameter of 3.88mm x 3.98mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are very difficult to date precisely without other evidence (such as pottery), though it was found …
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
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Record ID: HESH-83356F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (50 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD 50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly circular in plan and rectangular in cross section; it has been heavily eroded in the soil. The central hole is an circular; and has been cast relatively centrally; it has an internal diameter of 6.9mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are very difficult to date precisely without other evidence (such as…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brampton Bryan', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-832AB5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (1 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly circular in plan and D shaped in cross section; it has been heavily eroded in the soil and on one edge has been severely damaged. The central hole is a an irregular circle shape with a protrusion from the eroded edge; it has an internal diameter of 4.51mm x 9.47mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are ve…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
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Record ID: HESH-82AD38
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (50 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD 50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly oval in plan and broadly D shaped in cross section; it has been heavily eroded in the soil. The central hole is an irregular oval shape, possibly extended as result of wear; and has been cast relatively centrally; it has an internal diameter of 12.6mm x 9.3mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated; there is an indistinct raised rim around the upper surface of the central hole. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brampton Bryan', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-81DD6C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (50 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD 50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly oval in plan and D shaped in cross section; it has been heavily eroded in the soil. The central hole is a an irregular oval shape and has been cast relatively centrally; it has an internal diameter of 6.3mm x 4.0mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated; there is an indistinct wavy line around the bottom edge of the whorl - this maybe a result of casting. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorl…
Created on: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brampton Bryan', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-5BE585
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl of uncertain date, possibly Roman or early medieval (c. AD 43 - 1000). The spindle whorl is slightly conical with a central circular perforation. It has a white patina. The spindle whorl is 23.01mm in diameter, 4.79mm in thickness and weighs 11.82mm. The diameter of the central perforation is 11.99mm. Lead spindle whorls are often difficult to date without archaeological context as a similar form was used from the Roman period into modern times. While discoid spindle whorls such as this one are known from securely-dated Roman contexts, and the small diameter of the …
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th April 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-FA0ED2
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead-alloy weight or spindle whorl of possibly Roman date, AD 43 - 410. The object is circular with a flat top and base and a central perforation running through it. All surfaces appear undecorated and it has a brown patina.There is a groove (damage/) across one face. The object is 20.2mm in diameter, 3.4mm thick and weighs 7.91g. The perforation is 5.8mm in diameter. The small diameter of the central hole could indicate a Roman date. Similar objects have been recorded on the database as YORYM-DE81D6, YORYM-E200B7, and YORYM-8DF76B.
Created on: Monday 18th March 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
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Record ID: LIN-D26222
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A plano-convex spindle whorl made from dark fabric grog-tempered ceramic. The whorl is worn, smooth, and undecorated. The fabric is fine grained and has small reddish-orange inclusions. Possibly Roman or Early Medieval.
Created on: Monday 4th March 2019
Last updated: Friday 15th March 2019
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Record ID: LIN-16202A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete ceramic spindle whorl or ceramic bead, probably dating to the Roman to early medieval period, c. AD 43 - 680 . The object is circular in shape with a flat cross section. The upper and lower surfaces are flat. The central hole has been set roughly centrally, and has an internal diameter of 11 mm. The shape of the item would suggest that it has been specifically made and not created from a reused sherd of pottery. The spindle whorl or bead has been made from ceramic, with frequent fine grit inclusions. The surface carries soot and is weathered. The object has a diameter of 2…
Created on: Wednesday 30th January 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Osbournby area', grid reference and parish protected.


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