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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Primary material: Stone

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Record ID: NLM-C6CA91
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Pale limestone spindle whorl. A discoid cylindrical form with rounded edges, formerly to be described as bun-shaped, though this term is now decried for its imprecision, cf. Walton Rogers form B. A drilled aperture of diameter 9.4mm is set centrally. Abraded. The mass would make this suitable to spin a fine yarn. The spindle-hole size may indicate an Anglo-Scandinavian rather than an earlier date. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 850-1000 Diameter: 33.1mm, Thickness: 14.7mm, Weight: 20.72gms
Created on: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brigsley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-111E0B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A spindle whorl of mica schist dating from the Iron Age or Romano-British period (c.700 BC- AD 500). The whorl is circular in plan and rectangular in profile: 28 mm in diameter, 12 mm in height, 10 mm in thickness and 15.42 g in weight. The whorl has a circular perforation which is 9.5 mm in diameter and within 1 mm of the centre, ensuring that it would be well balanced when in use during the spinning process. The perforation is slightly hour-glass shaped, indicating that it was drilled from both sides, probably with a bow drill using a flint or metal tip. The schist is a pale pinky-gr…
Created on: Thursday 7th March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 20th March 2019
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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: CORN-08B6B8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
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A micaceous hornfels spindle whorl dating from the Iron Age to the Roman period. The whorl is sub-circular in plan, varying between 42 mm and 42.5 mm in diameter, and sub-rectangular in profile, varying between 6.5 mm and 9 mm in thickness, weight 27.75 g. The circular perforation is 6.5 mm in diameter and is distinctly off-centre, being at its closest 8 mm from the circumference and at its furthest 20.5 mm; the perforation appears to have been drilled from one side only, resulting in some slight splitting of the stone around its edges on the side where the drill emerged. Stone spindle…
Created on: Thursday 17th January 2019
Last updated: Monday 25th March 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-F6CC6C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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A complete stone spindle whorl of uncertain date. The object is made of a flint. It has been shaped through covering, scaled retouching on one side and the edges. The other side retains its natural, smooth surface until it meets the covering, scaled retuching at the edges. A sub-circular central perforation is present. The end of the perforation on the worked side of the spindle whorl is wider than the end of the perforation on the unworked side, suggesting that the hole was drilled from the worked side. The spindle whorl is undecorated. The spindle whorl is 30.2mm in diameter, 11.6mm…
Created on: Thursday 11th October 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd October 2018
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Record ID: NMS-3E0685
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Saxon fine-grained stone spindle-whorl, pale grey with ferrous staining, globular with flattened poles, probably lathe-turned. A small flake was lost in antiquity from the side. Cf. examples from Thetford (Dallas 1993, 121, fig. 132, nos. 4 and 5). Diameter 30.7mm, thickness or height 21.8mm, hole diameter 11mm decreasing slightly to the centre, weight 25.5g, mid 9th - 11th century.
Created on: Friday 15th June 2018
Last updated: Friday 15th June 2018
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Record ID: CORN-23155B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete micaceous pink slate spindle whorl, circular in plan and sub-rectangular in profile, with parallel faces. ranging in colour from grey, black and pinkish. The whorl has been perforated through the centre and the hole is circular in plan and cylindrical in profile, 9.1 mm in diameter and 6.8 mm deep, and very close to the centre so that the whorl would be balanced while used in the spinning process. The hole is slightly flanged as it opens out at the surface of each face and was probably drilled with a bow drill with a flint or metal tip. There appear to be circular recesses i…
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 19th March 2019
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Record ID: CORN-1728DA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
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Schist spindle whorl, circular in plan and biconical in profile with a central perforation that is 9 mm in diameter and 9 mm deep and slightly waisted in profile. The centre of the whorl is 9 mm in thickness and it tapers to a narrow edge which is on average about 4 mm thick. The schist is grey in colour with small specks of reflective mica and darker platy elongated minerals which could be hornblende or graphite as these are typical inclusions. The edges of the whorl have broken away through wear or damage, as the schist fractures along its planar layers. The surface is pitted and cra…
Created on: Tuesday 20th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st March 2018
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Record ID: LVPL-6445F8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire West and Chester
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A complete stone spindle whorl or weight dating from c. AD43 - 1700. The object is circular in plan and sub-rectangular in cross section. Slightly off centre is a circular perforation with an internal diameter of 6mm. Each face is undecorated. Dimensions: 35mm in diameter, 5mm thick, 11.40g Other examples of stone spindle whorls which have been recorded on the PAS database include LVPL-AABBA5, LVPL-6A74D6, BUC-3BBC64, GAT-2277ED, GAT-21FCD2 and HESH-1B967F. Spindle whorls were used from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period. Egan (Egan G. 1998 The Medieval Household D…
Created on: Thursday 5th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th October 2017
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Record ID: SOM-F369C6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone spindle whorl of unknown date. The spindle whorl is 32.1mm in diameter, circular in plan. In profile it is bi-conical with a flattened top and bottom and distinct ridge around the centre. 18.6mm high. Both faces of the spindle whorl are flat and undecorated. A straight sided, circular perforation 5.9mm in diameter runs through, slightly off centre, for attachment to a wooden spindle. It weighs 22.77 grams. The stone is dark grey in colour with a distinct laminar structure, the softer layers of which have preferrentialy weathered. It has been identified by Dennis Parsons as …
Created on: Monday 31st July 2017
Last updated: Friday 4th August 2017
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Record ID: LVPL-AABBA5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wrexham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete stone spindle whorl or weight dating from c. AD43 - 1100. The object is circular in plan and sub-rectangular in cross section. In the centre of the object is a circular perforation with an internal diameter of 10mm. Each face is covered with striations and scratches but does not appear to be decorated. One edge of the object is thinner due to wear measuring 4mm thick. The opposite edge measures 5.5mm thick. Dimensions: 35mm in diameter, 5.5mm thick, 12.7g Other examples of stone spindle whorls which have been recorded on the PAS database include BUC-3BBC64, GAT-2277ED…
Created on: Friday 9th June 2017
Last updated: Friday 9th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gresford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-43C2D5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cornwall
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Slate spindle whorl, circular in plan and flat in profile, 19 mm in diameter, with a circular perforation measuring about 5.5 mm in diameter, weighing 7.3 g. This is unusually small for a spindle whorl of this type, although an undecorated slate spindle whorl of larger diameter (26 mm) but less weight (6.5 g) was found in excavations at Trethurgy (Quinnell, 2004 p 144 no. S30) and dated to the Roman period, although Quinnell states that decorated spindle whorls are more typical of the later Iron Age and 1st century AD, the Round there having been established in the mid-2nd century AD.…
Created on: Thursday 11th May 2017
Last updated: Sunday 21st May 2017
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Record ID: NLM-5B5A83
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Chalk possible spindle whorl. Thick cylindrical object with a central drilled aperture of diameter 7.6mm. A circumferentially incised line runs around the outside of the object at an approximately medial position. The line is continuous, visibly passing over areas of abrasion and chipping, and may therefore represent an alteration of an originally plain surface. This might be in the nature of casual whittling, or may signal a change of function - in its present grooved form the object might serve as a yo-yo. For a spindle whorl, the aperture size could admit a Roman or Anglo-Saxon dat…
Created on: Thursday 16th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 17th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BUC-3BBC64
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Buckinghamshire
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A complete stone Roman to early medieval spindle whorl dating from c. AD 43 - 1100. It is biconvex in shape and pierced through the centre with a circular hole measuring 9.4mm in diameter. One of the edges of the object has been broken off and is now worn. One side is flatter than the other. The stone is a grey white colour. The spindle worl measures 31.7mm in diameter, 19.1mm in thickness and weighs 22.68g.
Created on: Monday 9th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd January 2017
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Record ID: GAT-2277ED
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Denbighshire
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Disc spindle whorl, made of stone and damaged in antiquity in two places on the edge. The face with the most damage is characterised by dipping within the thickness of the edge, which has subsequently been handled and made smooth. The central hole is very cleanly drilled.
Created on: Monday 3rd October 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 7th December 2016
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Record ID: GAT-21FCD2
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Disc spindle whorl, made of stone, and damaged in one place on the edge. The face displaying the most damage has incised parallel lines radiating outwards from the central hole. Also on this face there is incised decoration which forms an uneven circle about halfway across the diameter. On the opposing face there are three radiating parallel incisions covering part of the face, whilst the remainder has been rubbed smooth, partially removing the decoration which consists of incised lines running across the diameter of the face.
Created on: Monday 3rd October 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 7th December 2016
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Record ID: HESH-1B967F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Eardisland History and Heritage Group Eardisland Excavation 2013 Site Summary: Finds made during excavation of a single trench 16m x 1.25m across crop marks on cultivated land. Site number: RHYD 13 Context number:004 Description: A stone spindle whorl of Iron Age date (100 BC - 43AD). The spindle whorl is circular in plan with one edge being especially flattened There is a circular shaped hole set slightly off centre. It was made by drilling from each side. It is likely that this would have been done with a bow drill and sand, which acts as the abrasive. The cent…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Last updated: Friday 2nd June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Eardisland', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-00821D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete stone flat or discoidal spindle whorl, of probably the Roman to Post Medieval period dating from c. AD 43 - c. AD 1650. The spindle whorl is broadly triangular in plan and rectangular in cross section. The central hole is circular in shape and has been drilled slightly off central, from both sides. The internal diameter of the hole measures 8.5 mm wide. Both the upper and lower faces are flat. There are scratch marks on the surface of both sides of the object, it is difficult to see whether these form intentional decoration on the object or represents post depositional d…
Created on: Thursday 2nd June 2016
Last updated: Thursday 30th June 2016
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Record ID: DENO-9F5DDF
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone probably Roman to post-medieval spindle whorl (AD c.43-c.1700). The whorl is broadly circular and has an elongated hexagonal cross-section (rectangular with bevelled edges). At the centre is a drilled circular perforation with bevelled edges. Overall, the whorl measures 40.1mm in diameter and 11.5mm thick. It weighs 29.55g. The central perforation measures 5.2mm in diameter.
Created on: Wednesday 4th November 2015
Last updated: Monday 9th November 2015
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Record ID: LON-E91584
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Complete Medieval stone plano - convex spindle whorl. There is a small piece of damage to the whorl at the shoulder. It is has concentric turning lines that around the whole circumference in a very regular way. This whorl closely resembles that in Egan 1998: 258-9 fig 202:790. Diameter 36.99mm, Diameter of hole: 9.34mm, Thickness: 18.08mm, Weight: 29.97g Egan, G. 1998 The Medieval Household - Medieval finds from excavations in London. HMSO. London
Created on: Friday 2nd October 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 27th October 2015
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