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Record ID: LIN-A21863
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A complete bone spindle whorl or gaming piece, dating to the early medieval period c.AD 600-800. The circular whorl is bi-convex in profile, 39.18 mm in diameter, 15.84 mm thick and with a circular central perforation that is 7.21 mm in diameter and weighs 14.49g. The upper surface is worn, with traces of circumferential incised rings around the central perforation. The underside is worn with traces of five circumferential incised rings.The surface takes a light-brown colour. Fibres were spun into thread using a drop-spindle made of bone, ceramic or stone 'whorls' which acted as flywh…
Created on: Sunday 7th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 8th May 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Little Carlton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-9D24C2
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A complete Bone spindle whorl or gaming piece, dating to the early medieval period c.AD 600-800. The circular whorl is bi-convex in profile, 35.38 mm in diameter, 13.53 mm thick and with a circular central perforation that is 8.14 mm in diameter and weighs 11.82g. The smooth upper surface is decorated with five sub-circular incised rings around the central perforation. Outside the central perforation, there are three small indentations - which could represent damage made in antiquity. The underside is undecorated and consists of the coarser, inner part of the bone with many cut ends of…
Created on: Sunday 7th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 8th May 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Little Carlton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-D26222
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
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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
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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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Record ID: LIN-99D4AC
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Chalk spindle whorl. Thick sub-cylindrical object with a central drilled aperture of diameter 11 mm. The material is light and the mass of the object could place it towards the upper end of the range of weights to be expected of whorls used for spinning a yarn. Suggested date: Unknown, AD 43-850. Diameter: 46 mm, Thickness: 15 mm, Weight: 44.54 g.
Created on: Thursday 24th January 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 19th March 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Osbournby area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-136E2B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A complete cast lead spindle whorl, dating from the Medieval - Post Medieval period, between AD 1400 - 1600 (diameter: 35 mm; thickness: 9 mm; weight: 57.95 g). The spindle whorl is circular in plan and bi-conical in section with a central circular drilled hole for the probable wooden spindle to run through. The reverse is flat. The artefact is decorated on both sides. On one side of the artefacts there are irregular and grooved linear markings, which radiate outwards from the central hole. On the other side there are small cross marks. The artefact is in a worn and poor condition.
Created on: Wednesday 12th December 2018
Last updated: Sunday 7th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Osbournby area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-2C8348
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A medieval lead spindle whorl. The whorl is biconical and decorated on one side with a moulded five-pointed star, and on the other side with a vine scroll curving around the central hole.
Created on: Monday 19th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 26th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sleaford area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-AAB709
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A medieval or post-medieval lead spindle whorl. The whorl is circular in plan and plano-convex in section. A circular hole passes through the centre. The whorl is decorated on one side with a vine forming a trilobe around the central hole. Groups of moulded pellets - perhaps representing buds - decorate the spaces between the vine. The other side is decorated with a circular band of pellets, with further pellets above and below.
Created on: Tuesday 13th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Record ID: LIN-AA87D3
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A medieval or post-medieval lead spindle whorl. The whorl is circular in plan and plano-convex in section. A circular hole passes through the centre. The whorl is undecorated.
Created on: Tuesday 13th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Record ID: LIN-AA65B7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A medieval or post-medieval lead spindle whorl. The whorl is circular in plan and biconical in section. A circular hole passes through the centre. The surface is worn and no decoration is visible.
Created on: Tuesday 13th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Record ID: LIN-901C84
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A medieval or post-medieval lead spindle whorl of weight. The object is conical with a flat apex. The exterior is undecorated.
Created on: Friday 31st August 2018
Last updated: Friday 31st August 2018
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Record ID: LIN-CB273D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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A medieval lead spindle whorl. The whorl is biconical and has a large circular hole through the centre. One side is decorated with a series of moulded lines each separated by a pellet. The other side is completely worn.
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th February 2018
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Record ID: LIN-E93740
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A medieval lead spindle whorl or weight. The weight is flat, circular, and has a central hole measuring 11mm in diameter. The front of the weight bears the letters IhC (the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek). The hole is placed so that it removes a large portion of the centre of the inscription. This might suggests that it is a reused item; however, the reverse appears to have once had a moulded inscription running around the central hole. While the letters are largely illegible, two reversed 'N's are visible. The item weighs 40.29g, has a diameter of 36mm, and thickness …
Created on: Monday 11th December 2017
Last updated: Monday 11th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Market Rasen area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-432C8B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the early Post Medieval period (c. AD 1500-1600). The whorl is biconical in shape with a central moulded aperture measuring 9.74mm in diameter. Both sides of the whorl have the same moulded decoration comprising a series of raised lines radiating out from the central aperture, with a single raised dot in between each line. The object has a light brownish grey patina. As stated by Foreman (2017) when referencing a similar find 'the affinities of this object are with the decorated biconical whorls of the early post-medieval period'. The ove…
Created on: Thursday 9th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 9th November 2017
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Record ID: LIN-4DBE28
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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An incomplete lead or pewter spindle whorl dating to the Medieval period (c. AD 1000-1500). The spindle whorl is circular in plan, plano-convex in section and has a circular central piercing. Roughly half of the spindle whorl remains. The whorl is well worn and is light in colour, with a light brown soil staining covering its surface. The overall dimensions are as follows: 31mm in length, 11mm in width and 22.09g in weight.
Created on: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Last updated: Monday 17th July 2017
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Record ID: LIN-BB83D0
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval period (c. AD 1000-1500). The spindle whorl is sub-circular in plan with a sub-circular central piercing. The surface bears some deep notches and lines owing to abrasion. The whorl is light grey in colour with a light brown soil staining covering its surface. The overall dimensions are as follows: 25mm in diameter, 12mm in thickness and 31.57g in weight.
Created on: Tuesday 4th July 2017
Last updated: Thursday 9th November 2017
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Record ID: LIN-DF4C07
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A medieval lead spindle whorl. The whorl is circular and biconical. Both sides are divided into four cells by moulded lines. In each cell are two, three, or four moulded pellets.
Created on: Wednesday 12th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 25th May 2017
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Record ID: LIN-BC2788
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval lead spindle whorl. It is biconical and decorated on both sides with a moulded zig-zag with pellet in each angle.
Created on: Wednesday 28th September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: LIN-632416
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl or weight, probably of medieval or post-medieval date. It is circular, flat, and has a hole through the centre. The surface is undecorated and worn.
Created on: Thursday 7th April 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 5th July 2016
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Record ID: LIN-3D388D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval lead spindle whorl. It is biconical and has a large central hole. Both faces are decorated with what appears to be moulded pseudo-lettering separated by pellets. The letter 'A' is visible on one side, both the others are more obscure. Thickness: 13mm, Weight: 44g, Diameter: 30mm. Spindle whorls are very difficult to date, but decorated examples such as this one are usually considered to be Medieval. Most decorated spindle whorls have patterns of dots and lines, but there are also other examples with possible inscriptions on the database. Some parallels are LANCUM-DB9DC5 …
Created on: Thursday 24th March 2016
Last updated: Friday 8th April 2016
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