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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
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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: CORN-81D297
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
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Bone spindle whorl, circular in plan and bi-convex in profile, 33.5 mm in diameter, 12 mm thick and with a circular central perforation that is 7.5 mm in diameter. The bone has been analysed and is likely from a Red or Fallow deer (see below). The smooth upper surface is decorated with a slightly off-centre, sub-circular incised ring around the central perforation which varies between 16 mm and 18 mm in diameter. Outside this is a circle of ring-and-dot decorations, at approximately 5.5 mm intervals (centre to centre) and each about 2 mm in diameter. The surface of the bone has laminat…
Created on: Monday 26th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 5th September 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-535282
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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A bone spindle whorl. A domed spindle whorl with a central drilled hole (diameter 100 mm). The spindle whorl has been made from a femural or humeral head (the ball joint of an upper limb bone) from an animal. The dome shape is the natural shape of the bone. The base is flat. It is in complete condition, with a few small nicks here and there but not much sign of wear. The diameter of the spindle whorl is 37mm, and it weighs 12.19g. Bone spindle whorls are found on Roman, Early Medieval, and medieval sites, and therefore dating this particular item is difficult.
Created on: Friday 24th March 2017
Last updated: Friday 21st April 2017
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Record ID: LIN-54B99D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A bone spindle whorl. The whorl has a flat base and a domed top. The hole has an hour glass profile. The spindle whorl has been made from a femural or humeral head (the ball joint of an upper limb bone) from an animal. The dome shape is the natural shape of the bone. Probably Medieval.
Created on: Monday 19th October 2015
Last updated: Friday 23rd October 2015
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Record ID: DOR-6227C5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A bone spindle whorl. A domed spindle whorl with a slightly off-centre drilled hole (diameter 9.02 mm at the top). The hole has an hour glass profile. The spindle whorl has been made from a femural or humeral head (the ball joint of an upper limb bone) from an animal. The dome shape is the natural shape of the bone. The base is fairly flat, but there is a slight step part way across where the angle of cutting has changed when the ball joint was cut from the rest of the bone. Date: Roman to Medieval Dimensions: 39.57 mm x 37.17 mm x 20.95 mm Weight: 15.38 g
Created on: Wednesday 28th November 2012
Last updated: Thursday 13th December 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Compton Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-2DBFE1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A spindle whorl carved from a large animal bone. The object has a wide flattened based and tapers towards the flat top, giving it a conical shape. It has a hole drilled through the centre. The upper surface is rounded and has four lines scratched into it around the central hole, together forming a cross pattern. The bone is a light writish-yellow colour, smoothed with use and age. The whorl is possibly Roman in date, but is more likely to be Early-medieval in date.
Created on: Friday 1st August 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Pocklington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-BF4802
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Staffordshire
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Small bone or horn spindle whorl or weight. The whorl is sub-circular with a large circular central perforation measuring 11.2mm in diameter. The whorl is rectangular in section and the surface is polished. One face is smooth but the other has a slight groove around the circumference, possibly due to the structure of the bone rather than for decoration. The whorl measures 22.41mm in diameter, 5.08mm in thickness and weighs 3.37g.
Created on: Thursday 29th September 2005
Last updated: Wednesday 27th March 2019
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Record ID: NARC-44AAD5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A perforated circular object, possibly a spindle whorl. The object is fashioned from bone and measures 33 mm in diameter. The central perforation is 17 mm in diameter. The exterior of the object is polished and decorated with three incised lines which run around the objects diameter, creating two bands. Within the upper band are punched dots. Within the lower band there are diagonal incised lines. The object slopes slightly on the top as it approaches the perforation. The bottom is flat. The interior of the object is not smooth, as one might expect from a spindle whorl, although it may…
Created on: Monday 6th December 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NLM6353
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
cattle bone spindle whorl, hemispherical with flat bottom and central drilled hole (diameter 10.5mm). Much of one side has been damaged. This type on spindle whorl is common on Medieval sites although similar examples are found on Roman sites also.
Created on: Friday 30th August 2002
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
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