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    • Institution: DUR

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Record ID: DUR-D54C0A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A damaged, cast lead spindle whorl of the Early Medieval period (AD 850 - 1100). The object is roughly circular with a large circular central perforation measuring 10.21mm to 13.81mm On one side of the perforation is a small run off notch with some marking, suggesting this is part of the casting process perhaps to facilitate its use when spinning yarn. The object is of fairly rough manufacture, with the circumference not being completely circular or even, suggesting it was home-made; there is also evidence of some later damage. It measures approximately 27.01mm in diameter, is 5.47mm t…
Created on: Friday 8th February 2019
Last updated: Friday 14th June 2019
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Record ID: DUR-C13F94
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete cast lead spindle whorl of the Early Medieval period (AD 750 - 1000). The spindle whorl is plano-convex with a central moulded aperture of diameter 6.69mm at the apex and 8.7mm at the base. All surfaces have damage marks, some modern and some historic, possibly from casting. There is a large cut mark near the aperture at the apex.The general patina of the object is of a pale grey colouring with some slightly darker patches. Thickness: 9.81 mm Weight: 29.4 g Diameter: 23.95 mm The whorl is a Walton Rogers type A1. It can be compared with an example of a stone whorl ref 653…
Created on: Thursday 7th February 2019
Last updated: Friday 14th June 2019
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Record ID: DUR-1AD7E2
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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Two complete cast lead spindle whorls, found in the same location. The spindle whorl is circular with a flat base and a slightly concave top with rounded edges. A central perforation runs through it with a diameter of 10.73mm. All surfaces appear undecorated and worn. The metal has a light brown patina with grey patches. The whorl is 28.93mm in diameter, 9.46mm thick, and weighs 50.4g. The spindle whorl is sub-circular with one slightly concave face and a central perforation running through it. The surfaces are undecorated with a light brown/white patina and worn with nicks around th…
Created on: Wednesday 30th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 2nd August 2019
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Record ID: DUR-1A9F87
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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Two complete cast lead spindle whorls, found in the same location. A complete lead-alloy spindle whorl dating to the early medieval period (AD 900 - 1100). The object is circular with a flat top and base and a central perforation running through it. All surfaces appear undecorated and are worn. The metal has a light grey patina. The whorl is 27.01mm in diameter, 6.87mm thick, and weighs 33.9g. The perforation is 10.43mm in diameter. This type of spindle whorl conforms with Walton Rodgers Form B. (Walton Rogers 1997, 1739 no.6563) A complete but worn lead-alloy spindle whorl dating t…
Created on: Wednesday 30th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 2nd August 2019
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Record ID: DUR-F9EF10
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the medieval period (c. AD1066 - 1500 ). The whorl is slightly biconical and has a central, circular apeture that is 10.53mm in diameter. It is decorated with a pattern of raised dots which are divided into groups of three by regular raised lines and the whorl as a whole is ringed with a raised circle. The whorl is worn and demonstrates evidence of patina and corrosion. The object weighs 24.1g, is 26.88mm in diameter and 9.48mm thick. Lead spindle whorls are difficult to date precisely but decorated biconical whorls are typically dated to the …
Created on: Tuesday 11th December 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd August 2019
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Record ID: DUR-117B8A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Darlington
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast lead spindle whorl of the Medieval period (AD900-1200). The object is discoid in form, with straight sides, and a central circular perforation measuring 9.86mm. There are some patches of light grey patina on both surfaces but the general colour is of a darker grey. The surface is generally uneven. The form generally conforms to the Walton Rogers (1997, p1739 no. 6563) Type B giving an earlier Medieval date. Thickness: 7.64mm Weight: 43.3g Diameter: 31.03mm Ref: Rogers, Penelope Walton. 1997. Textile Production at 16-22 Coppergate. Vol. 17. The Archaeology of York: …
Created on: Friday 30th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th June 2019
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Record ID: DUR-2D2BBE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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Four cast, undecorated, lead spindle whorls from the period c.AD700-1500 An undecorated lead spindle whorl c AD700-1100 with an off-centre hole and a rounded or conical profile with an irregular hemispherical upper and a flat lower side. It has a diameter of 22.47mm, is 10.17mm thick and weighs 25.9g. The profile compares favourably to Walton Rogers form A2. A flat-sided cylindrical whorl with a slightly off-central moulded aperture of diameter 11.1mm, Walton Rogers form B. The outer edge is slightly rounded. Shrinkage lines in the upper surface suggest the object was cast in an open…
Created on: Wednesday 7th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Record ID: DUR-9B4425
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete cast lead spindle whorl of the Early Medieval period (c.AD750-1000). The object is circular and plano-convex with a flat base and a domed top. There is a central perforation running through it. All surfaces appear undecorated and are worn, there is a deep nick at the edge which appears old. The metal has a mid-brown/cream patina. The object is 25.71mm in diameter, 7.81mm thick and weighs 26.6g. The perforation is 9.9mm in diameter. This type of spindle whorl conforms with Walton Rodgers Form A1. (Walton Rogers 1997, 1738 no.6539; note that whilst Rogers is referring here t…
Created on: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 8th May 2019
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Record ID: DUR-08EFB8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete lead-alloy spindle whorl from the Medieval period (AD1300-1500). The whorl is made up of a central bi-conical body that is decorated on both faces with a series of raised triangles and pellets. One surface has a slit mark either side of the perforation. The perforation has an internal diameter of 9.26mm and has a slightly raised collar. The surface of the whorl is worn with a powdery white patina. Thickness: 8.53mm Weight: 29.1g Diameter: 26.83mm Biconical spindle whorls of this decorated form are typically dated to the medieval period c.1100-1500.
Created on: Wednesday 24th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Record ID: DUR-72A2F6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete cast lead spindle whorl of the Early Medieval period (c.AD900-1200). The object is small and circular with a central perforation running through the object. All surfaces appear undecorated and worn and the object has a light brown patina and is worn. The object is 17.12mm in diameter, 9.58mm thick and weighs 14.1g. The perforation is 8.82mm in diameter. This type of spindle whorl conforms with Walton Rodgers Form B. (Walton Rogers 1997, 1739 no.6563; note that whilst Rogers is referring here to stone spindle whorls, many lead examples are of a similar form). Walton Rogers…
Created on: Wednesday 17th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Record ID: DUR-71E08C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl of probable early medieval or medieval date (c.850-1100). The whorl is a small, thick circular disc with vertical sides, and flattened upper and lower surfaces. The whorl is 20.33mm in diameter with a central aperture of 8.34mm. The whorl has a light brown patina. It stands at 10.93mm and weighs 28.2gm. The whorl corresponds to Walton Rogers Form B, probably 6562, with the larger hole suggesting an Early Medieval Anglo-Scandinavian date c AD 850 - 1100. ​Similar objects can be found on the database at SWYOR-3F7632 and SWYOR-3F6152. Walton Rogers, P., 1997. Te…
Created on: Wednesday 17th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 8th May 2019
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Record ID: DUR-7B8BBD
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
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A cast lead-alloy spindle whorl from the Medieval period, AD1100-1500. The whorl is made up of a central bi-conical body. There are signs of decoration on both faces with a series of raised lines forming trapezoidal shapes. There are signs of historic damage around the edge.The perforation has an internal diameter of 9.3mm.The surface of the whorl is very worn with a powdery white patina with darker brown patches in places. Thickness: 12.88mmWeight: 18.4gDiameter: 25.55mm
Created on: Thursday 30th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-7B5B5E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
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A complete lead-alloy spindle whorl of Medieval to Post Medieval period (AD 1200 -1500). The spindle whorl is bi-conical with a central perforation, measuring 9.75mm, running through it.One surface is decorated with irregularly spaced raised lines radiating from the central perforation, forming trapezoidal spaces. Unusually there is no evidence of pellets on the surface; these usually appear along with the lines.There are incised damage marks on both faces which seem to be historic. Thickness: 12.02mmWeight: 18.3gDiameter: 27.36mm
Created on: Thursday 30th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-7B1D1C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead-alloy spindle whorl from the Medieval period (AD1200-1500). The whorl is made up of a central bi-conical body which shows signs of decoration on both faces with a series of raised triangles and pellets. The surface is very worn with signs of historic damage around the edge.The perforation has an internal diameter of 10.16mm.The surface has a powdery white patina with darker brown patches in places. Thickness: 8.32mmWeight: 16.5gDiameter: 27.24mm
Created on: Thursday 30th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-7AF8A1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast, lead-alloy spindle whorl from the Medieval period (AD1200-1600). The whorl is made up of a central bi-conical body that shows signs of decoration on both faces with a series of raised triangles and pellets. The surface is very worn.One side has a slightly straight edge.The perforation has an internal diameter of 10.05mm.The surface of the whorl is very worn with a powdery white patina. Lead weights of this form were commonly used throughout the Medieval and Post-Medieval period and are therefore difficult to date accurately. Examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been fou…
Created on: Thursday 30th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-7AD2FE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead-alloy spindle whorl from the Medieval period (AD1300-1500). The whorl is made up of a central bi-conical body that is decorated on both faces with a series of raised triangles and pellets. One surface has a slit mark either side of the perforation. The perforation has an internal diameter of 9.26mm.The surface of the whorl is worn with a powdery white patina. Thickness: 8.53mmWeight: 14.1gDiameter: 26.83mm
Created on: Thursday 30th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-E9CC0D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
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A complete cast lead alloy spindle whorl of the Medieval to Post Medieval period (AD1200-1500). The object is flattened biconical in shape with a circular central perforation.There does not seem to be any evidence of decoration on either surface.The general patina is a cream colour with some darker patches and almost seems to be of a yellow hue. This could possibly be the inclusion of a small amount of iron in the alloy but could also signify the presence of iron in the proximity of the soil where it was found. Some of the surface is pitted and there is a large cut mark on one side. …
Created on: Thursday 23rd August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 12th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-E986C9
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead alloy spindle whorl of the Medieval period (AD 1200-1500). The object is bi-conical with a central circular perforation. There is no evidence of a decorative pattern on any surface although whether this is due to wear is impossible to determine.The general patina of the surface is a light grey colour but there are some light cream patches where the worst corrosion has occurred. Thickness: 10.15mmWeight: 20.8gDiameter: 21.74mm Diameter of perforation at widest,9.22mm, diameter at narrowest 8.71mm. Lead spindle whorls and weights were commonly used from the Iron Age …
Created on: Thursday 23rd August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-E94127
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead spindle whorl or weight of Medieval to Post-Medieval date, c.AD 1200 - 1600. The object is conical with a flat based and domed top. A circular perforation runs through the centre. The domed surface is probably decorated but is so badly worn that the design cannot be identified. The general appearance of the surface of the object is pitted,though some of this may be due to the decoration having worn away. The patina is of a pale brown colour with some darker patches. Thickness: 11.29mmWeight: 42.7gDiameter: 28.36mm Diameter of perforation at widest,10.28mm, diameter …
Created on: Thursday 23rd August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-E8FE88
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
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A complete cast lead alloy spindle whorl of the Medieval to Post Medieval period (AD1200-1600). The spindle whorl is bi-conical in shape with a central perforation running through it. Both surfaces are decorated with irregularly spaced raised lines radiating from the central perforation.Some of the lines form triangular shapes whilst the rest are trapezoidal.The metal is fairly worn and corroded with a general light brown patina with darker brown patches suggesting either iron is present in the alloy or some was buried nearby the object. Lead weights of this form were commonly used …
Created on: Thursday 23rd August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th December 2018
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