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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Primary material: Ceramic

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Record ID: SF-923F40
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete ceramic spindle whorl of probable early post-medieval date. The spindle is a flattened globular shape with a central circular hole, c.14mm in diameter. A groove runs around the midpoint of the outer face. It is made from a orange sandy earthenware fabric with angular quartz (<1mm) and red ironstone (<1mm) inclusions. There are traces of a green glaze in places on the surface, but most of this has worn away.. Very similar early post-medieval glazed stoneware spindle whorls imported from the Raeren kilns in Belgium are not uncommon finds, see PAS records: LON-81EDE9, BH
Created on: Thursday 6th June 2019
Last updated: Friday 12th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Debenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-E70A69
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pottery spindle whorl. Grey reduced fabric sandy fabric, probably made from a Roman Greyware base sherd. Flat-sided cylindrical discoid whorl with a central drilled aperture of diameter 8.1mm. The light material would make this object suitable for spinning a fine yarn, while the material and aperture size could commend either a Roman or Anglo-Saxon date. Chipped or nicked at one edge, and worn thereafter. Suggested date: Unknown, Late Roman to Early Medieval, 200-800 Diameter: 33.3mm, Thickness: 8.3mm, Weight: 11.45gms
Created on: Wednesday 29th May 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 29th May 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Burwell', grid reference and parish protected.


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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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Record ID: YORYM-2EBAF9
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: York
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete clay probable spindle whorl of uncertain date. The objects is globular with a central perforation running through it. The outer surface is decorated with a series of parallel but irregular grooves which appear to be made using a hand held tool. The clay is a burnt orange colour with a small blackened patch to one side. The object is 31.3mm in diameter, 27.2mm tall and weighs 22.2g. The perforation is 6.4mm in diameter. Walton Rogers (1997, p.1713) discussed the diameter of spindle holes in relation to their dating stating that Iron Age and Roman spindles have holes betwee…
Created on: Thursday 2nd August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 2nd August 2018
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Record ID: NMS-B1FB5F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Spindle whorl made from a base of Roman greyware pottery, diameter 23.5mm, thickness 6mm, weight 3.78g. Mid 1st - 4th century.
Created on: Friday 27th July 2018
Last updated: Friday 27th July 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-B9629E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a ceramic possible spindle whorl of Roman date, c.AD 43 - 410. The object is formed of a semi-circular disc of possible Black Burnished ware (BB1) pottery. Approximately half of the object has been lost to worn breaks. One side of the remaining portion displays a slight raised rim, the other side has a recessed central band. A perforation is present through what would have been the middle of the object when complete. The object is 39.7mm long, 14.3mm wide, 10.7mm thick and weighs 8.2g. Similar objects have been recorded on the PAS database as SOM-C0F331, HAMP-04EC37 an…
Created on: Thursday 21st June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 2018
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Record ID: WAW-29341F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman to Medieval (1st to 15th centuries) spindle whorl: A stone or ceramic spindle whorl which is sub-circular in plan and in profile is D-sectioned with the base being flat. There is a central sub-circular perforation which is 8.13mm diameter. The surface is a light cream colour with some pitting and voids. It measures 29.18mm diameter and is 17.87mm thick. It weighs 16.26g. Spindle whorls, as an artefact type, can be hard to date accurately as they remained in use for a long period of time.
Created on: Monday 21st May 2018
Last updated: Monday 21st May 2018
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Record ID: LON-400B9E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Roman to Medieval ceramic spindle whorl of uncertain date. The whorl is made from a buff to light grey coloured clay. It is sub-circular in form, oval shaped in section with a central circular aperture which has a diameter of 11mm. Dimensions: diameter: 32.5mm; thickness: 20.3; weight: 26.49g Similar spindle whorls on the database include LON-7686B3, and WILT-4F5487.
Created on: Monday 26th February 2018
Last updated: Monday 19th March 2018
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Record ID: GLO-C21332
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: South Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Ceramic spindle whorl that has been made form a fragment of a grey ware pot that has been cut/ground in to a circular disc that has then had a central hole drilled through the middle.
Created on: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Gloucestershire', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-CB8F92
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A ceramic spindle whorl, probably dating from the Late Roman period and made from a sherd of an East Sussex Ware vessel.
Created on: Thursday 28th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 19th June 2019
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Record ID: WILT-E9779D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: WMID-DE43F7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete ceramic spindle whorl of probable Roman dating (AD 200 to AD 400). The spindle whorl 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 8.0 mm. The shape of the spindle whorl would suggest that it has been specifically made and not created from a reused sherd of pottery. The spindle whorl has been made from an oxidised ceramic, with frequent fine grit inclusions. As surfaces are weathered, with no fresh break available, it is not possible to identify the s…
Created on: Monday 24th April 2017
Last updated: Monday 24th April 2017
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Record ID: LON-24B394
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a Roman colour coated ware vessel that has had a circular hole drilled through the centre of the base, possible for use as a spindle whorl, dating to AD 150-410. The fragment consists of the base of a beaker or jar that has been broken off around the foot ring. The foot ring has been kept intact aside from some minor damage and a hole has been drilled through the centre of the base. Dimensions: diameter: 43.44mm; thickness: 11.46mm; weight: 23.87g Holes were drilled through the bases of broken pottery in antiquity frequently to reuse the fragment as a weight for a …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Friday 2nd June 2017
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Record ID: SOM-C0F331
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a Roman spindle whorl made from a sherd of Black Burnished ware (BB1, from Wareham/Poole Harbour, Dorset) pottery, dating to c. AD 43-410. The Spindle whorl is slightly convex and is around 50% complete. It is semicircular in plan and sub-rectangular in section. There is an aperture drilled through what would have been the centre of the circle, now incomplete. It has been made from a hard fired, black fabric with a pinkish-buff oxidised internal margin and surface, with abundant sub-rounded to sub-angular translucent quartz inclusions,
Created on: Tuesday 21st February 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Martock CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-7686B3
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Roman to Medieval ceramic spindle whorl of uncertain date. The whorl is made from a buff coloured clay. It is sub-circular in form, oval shaped in section with a central circular aperture. Dimensions: diameter: 30.77mm; thickness: 15.49; weight: 17.77g Similar spindle whorl on the database is WILT-4F5487.
Created on: Wednesday 19th October 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 8th August 2017
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Record ID: BM-C52D3A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Darlington
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A ceramic spindle whorl dating to the Roman period. The spindle whorl is fashioned from a piece of slightly convex greyware ceramic and is circular in shape. It possesses a central circular perforation. The object measures 40mm in diameter and has a maximum thickness of 5mm. The diameter of the perforation is 6mm. The object weighs 13.81 grams.
Created on: Thursday 11th August 2016
Last updated: Thursday 4th July 2019
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Record ID: PUBLIC-B395A0
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete probable Roman ceramic spindle whorl of uncertain date. The whorl is made from a red coloured clay. It is sub-circular in form, oval shaped in section with a central circular aperture. Dimensions: diameter: 35.58mm; thickness: 15.48; weight: 25.44g Similar spindle whorl on the database is WILT-4F5487.
Created on: Sunday 17th July 2016
Last updated: Friday 18th May 2018
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Record ID: LON-81EDE9
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Medieval - Post Medieval pottery spindle whorl made from glazed stone ware, probably Langewehe, Belgium (late 15th - early 16th century). The spindle whorl has convex sides and flat upper and lower surfaces. The central circular perforation has a diameter of 8.58mm. The spindle whorl is decorated with bands of horizontal incised lines around the midpoint. See LON-36D372 and LON-370317 for parallels Height: 20.15mm Weight: 20.05gDiameter: 29.59mm
Created on: Thursday 3rd March 2016
Last updated: Thursday 5th July 2018
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Record ID: LIN-F51A4D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Roman to post medieval ceramic spindle whorl, dating tot he period c. AD 43-1700. The spindle whorl is circular in plan, with a central aperture measuring 7.68mm. The fabric is light brown in colour with a pitted surface in places. Faint ridges are present around its circumference. The spindle whorl measures 25.83mm in diameter, 17.10mm in thickness and weighs 13.95g.
Created on: Monday 1st February 2016
Last updated: Monday 22nd February 2016
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